Defence Minister Parrikar Says AFSPA Is Must In J&K For Operation Of Army

by Abbas Adil

 

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New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said if the Army has to be deployed in J&K then the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is mandatory for internal security.

Parrikar said “Mine is not the Ministry to decide about it (AFSPA). It is very simple that if the Act is existing in that particular area, the Army can operate in that area. If it is not there, Army can’t operate there”.

“Army’s job is not internal security. Let me be very clear on that. It is not my job to maintain internal security but if I am given a task for internal security then there have to be appropriate powers. Those powers come to me through AFSPA,” Parrikar has said.

He added that the MHA has to take a call on where all the Army has to be deployed for internal security.

“MHA has to take a call and tell us whether we operate or not. If they think that we are not required, then they can do whatever they want to do. But if that Act is not there, I will not be able to operate,” he said.

However the Army continues to be against any move to dilute the AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir.

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