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Will review AFSPA, dialogue without pre-conditions in J&K: Congress releases manifesto

Will review AFSPA, dialogue without pre-conditions in J&K: Congress releases manifesto
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Srinagar: Promising to review notorious Armed Forces Special Powers Act and to reduce Army footprints in J&K, Congress on Tuesday released its Manifesto for LS Polls.
Congress in its manifesto has pitched for Dilogue as the only way forward.
The Party has also promised to reduce the presence of CAPF and also to review the Distribed area act as well.
“Dialogue is the only way to understand the aspirations of the
people of the 3 regions of Jammu & Kashmir and find an honourable solution to their issues. We will take that path,” manifesto says.
“The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and the Disturbed Areas Act in J&K will be reviewed. Suitable changes will be made in the text of the laws to balance the requirements of security and the protection of human rights,” it added.
It further reads that building a Union of States that is India is a project of inclusiveness.
Jammu & Kashmir and its problems deserve a large-hearted approach that will eschew muscular militarism and legalistic formu lations and look for an innovative federal solution.
Congress also promises to find such a solution through patient dialogue and talks with all stakeholders in the State.
Congress further promises the people of J&K talks without ‘pre-conditions’.
“We will appoint three interlocutors drawn from civil society to facilitate such talks,” manfesto says.


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