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Updated: September 19, 2010 00:32 IST

‘Centre has to decide on AFSPA'

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Amidst a raging debate on the Act, Army Chief General V.K Singh said the Army had made its position clear, adding the Govt. would take
The Hindu Amidst a raging debate on the Act, Army Chief General V.K Singh said the Army had made its position clear, adding the Govt. would take "The right decision". File photo

Even as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah talks with the Centre for the gradual withdrawal of the Act, General V.K. Singh spoke out in support of it, quoting the Supreme Court in saying its provisions of AFSPA are not against the Constitution

The Army has presented its views on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) to the Ministry of Defence and it is now for the government to take a decision, Chief of Army Staff General V.K. Singh said here on Saturday.

In an interaction with media persons after reviewing the passing out parade at the Officers' Training Academy here, he pointed out that the Supreme Court had stated that the provisions of the AFSPA were neither arbitrary nor against the Constitution.

On reports about an increase in infiltration in Kashmir, General Singh said it could be due to the two-month-long crisis in the valley. “We are extremely alert and have killed many infiltrators in the last two months.”To queries on reports of Chinese presence in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, he said it was not of concern at the moment.

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