Vimmbox

Removing AFSPA in Kashmir is like sending our soldiers to the gallows, I'll never allow i

Apr 09, 2019

2'317 views


Removing AFSPA in Kashmir is like sending our soldiers to the gallows, I'll never allow i
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday summarily dismissed any talk of repealing the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir, likening the removal of AFSPA from the Valley to "sending our soldiers to the gallows."

The prime minister said this in an exclusive interview to Rahul Joshi, group editor-in-chief of Network18, hours after releasing the Bharatiya Janata Party's election manifesto which put nationalism and national security at the front and centre of its next term, if re-elected. The interview will be aired at 7 pm tonight on CNNNews18 and all the other 19 news channels of the network. Firstpost will also stream the interview live.

Narendra Modi to News18: Removing AFSPA in Kashmir is like sending our soldiers to the gallows, Ill never allow it
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his interview with Network18. News18

Repealing of AFSPA in Kashmir, a long-standing demand of human rights groups, was brought back into national discourse on 3 April when the Congress party promised to kill the Act if it is voted to power. Apart from giving powers to the Army to enforce law and order in disturbed areas, AFSPA protects the Army from litigation in human rights violation cases. The Congress wants to remove this legal cover with respect to "enforced disappearance, sexual violence or torture".

But Modi, in the middle of a high-voltage election campaign on the theme of nationalism and patriotism — in full bloom after the Balakot air strike deep inside Pakistan — will have none of it. “We are on the verge of eliminating terrorism. Terrorists are demoralised, we are winning a psychological war against them. Instead (of backing such efforts), the Congress manifesto is soft on terror. Their views on the Army are similar to those of Pakistan. No patriot will tolerate this language. Their manifesto talks about removing AFSPA. This amounts to removing weapons from a soldier's hands. Is this right?” he asked.


Suggesting that charges of excesses and human rights violations by the Army in Kashmir are exaggerated, Modi said Indian Army was an army of peace. “Indian soldiers have been part of the United Nations’ peacekeeping force right from its inception. And we send the maximum number of soldiers on UN peacekeeping missions. The discipline of Indian soldiers and their devotion to duty have always been praised. It isn't seemly for a party that has been in government for 50-60 years to speak this kind of language.”

Asked if his government would then work towards a time-bound withdrawal of AFSPA in Kashmir, Modi it was best that conditions did not exist for imposition of AFSPA in the first place. “First, we must create an environment where AFSPA is unnecessary, like we did in Arunachal Pradesh. We removed it from a few districts. We then removed it from some states. We were the first to take such a step since 1980. But we have maintained law and order. The government must have the power to protect its armed forces. Only then will they have the morale to fight. Removing AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir is the same as sending our soldiers to the gallows. I will never let this happen to our soldiers," he said.

With regard to Articles 35A and 370 also, the prime minister was equally vehement, but this time, for their abrogation. Within minutes of the release of the BJP manifesto, Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti issued dire warning of bloodshed in the Valley. Asked to comment on their reaction, Modi said: “The problem in Kashmir is largely due to the 50-odd political families there. They have been milking the issue. They don't want any benefit to be given to the ordinary Kashmiri. They use public sentiment for political gains. These days the income tax department has cracked down on such elements. While stone-pelters are funded by Pakistan to protect militants, but when there is crackdown by the NIA on terror operators, people stand outside their homes and clap. The people of Kashmir want freedom from such political families who have been preying on their emotions for 50 years. The situation in Kashmir is such that people want change, whether it is about Article 35A or Article 370.”

The Prime Minister addressed several other issues such as the impact of the mahagathbandhan in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale campaign, relations between India and China, economic growth, demonetisation and why he thinks if Sardar Patel had been prime minister instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, India would have achieved lot more success a lot faster.

Catch the full interview at 7 pm on all News18 channels. It will also stream live right here on Firstpost at the same time.

Your guide to the latest election news, analysis, commentary, live updates and schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on firstpost.com/elections. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates from all 543 constituencies for the upcoming general elections.


Tags:

AFSPA

AFSPA in Kashmir

Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act

Article 35A

Article 370

Balakot air strike

BJP

BJP Manifesto

Farooq Abdullah

Indian Army

Lok Sabha Election 2019

Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Mehbooba Mufti

Modi interview

Narendra Modi

narendra modi election campaign 2019

Narendra Modi interview

News18

PM Modi

pm modi exclusive interview

Rahul Joshi

repeal AFSPA

TheySaidIt

UN peacekeeping missions



Also See
Narendra Modi Interview to News18 LIVE Updates: Demonetisation was needed to speed up formalisation of economy, says PM
Narendra Modi Interview to News18 LIVE Updates: Demonetisation was needed to speed up formalisation of economy, says PM

Narendra Modi to News18: Congress manifesto is an announcement, but BJP's is a resolution; there's a difference
Narendra Modi to News18: Congress manifesto is an announcement, but BJP's is a resolution; there's a difference


Narendra Modi to News18: Congress admitted to its 'anyay' over 60 years with 'Ab Hoga Nyay' campaign slogan
Narendra Modi to News18: Congress admitted to its 'anyay' over 60 years with 'Ab Hoga Nyay' campaign slogan

next Maoists in Bastar call for
report With the click of this button you will proceed to the media-reporting form.
comment
Removing AFSPA in Kashmir is like sending our soldiers to the gallows, I'll never allow i
By
shankar

Removing AFSPA in Kashmir is like sending our soldiers to the gallows, I'll never allow i
1 year ago
143 views
2:2 Timetable
By
Mushamba E K

Time table
2 months ago
51 views
Do Not Panic
By
Edw1n12

Staying Safe Is The Best Option
1 month ago
48 views
Satta matka
By
Sattafixjodi

Sattamatka matkasatta Kalyan matka result Mumbai matka Jodi Indian satta matka result Mumbai matka result fix jodi
3 months ago
125 views
KOTOKOLI TEM LANGUAGE
By
ourotchabu

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-gsAtmeN_PYrmzK1sMOxVQ kotokoli tem language channel on youtube warch and lean more more soscribe with that channel fist we will get back to you soon
1 year ago
263 views
Stages of sleeping...... 3 & 4
By
Mushamba E K

This is what takes place when one is sleeping
1 year ago
134 views
कीठम झील और सुर सरोवर पक्षी अभयारण्य
By
km05021990

कीठम झील सिकंदरा से 12 किमी और आगरा से 20 किमी दूर नेशनल हाइवे-2 .......
7 months ago
101 views
ब्रिटिश भारत की पहली महिला स्नातक, बंगाली कवि, सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता और नारीवादी लेखिका
By
km05021990

ब्रिटिश (गुलाम) भारत में स्नातक करने वाली पहली महिला.....
7 months ago
252 views
Empowering your Career
By
Mushamba E K

Online Learning Courses which are authenticated and recommended globally for both techniques and managerial! <br />
Alison have more than 1000 online courses and then offer bkth certificates and diploma just click the link and start your journey now! Why are you waiting for?<br />
<br />
<br />
<br />
https://alison.com/register/referral/08CF3310263A55FF00954A96A347CB73
7 months ago
103 views
Brother in arms 3 apk+obb android game
By
Puregaming

Get brother in arms 3 android game here apk link https://link-to.net/16566/Bia3
Get obb here https://link-to.net/16566/Obb
1 year ago
240 views

Comments

top
You have to be logged in to write a comment...
Create account
Login
Not yet commented...