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PDP seeks Army's withdrawal from security operations in J

Written by: Staff

Srinagar, May 10 (UNI) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a ruling coalition partner in Jammu and Kashmir, today sought disengagement of the Army from all security operations, and urged militant outfits to declare a ceasefire for achieving a lasting peace in the state.

The party also demanded withdrawal of special powers given to the armed forces in dealing with insurgency in the state.

On the first day of the PDP's two-day General Council meeting here today, the party unanimously adopted political resolution moved by Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Baig.

''It is our honest opinion that both as a confidence building measure and as a final goal, the Government of India should seriously consider undertaking measured reduction in the involvement of armed forces in carrying out security operations within the state,'' the resolution, read by Mr Baig, said.

The immense and overwhelming participation of the people in the recent political and democratic process gave every reason to trust them, the party added.

''As a first step, the Government of India could consider withdrawing the special powers vested in the armed forces in the disturbed areas of the state,'' it said.

The resolution said the logic and practical necessity in favour of the argument of disturbed areas and special powers has gradually disappeared as the situation in the state has considerably approved.

''The PDP recognises the credible role played by the armed forces for the security of the state... It's the party's belief that nation can rely on their resources in every hour of need,'' it added.

The resolution said the PDP was aware of the sensitivities attached with the security concerns of the state.

''However, the party believes that the cost benefit ratio is clearly and unmistakably in favour of this idea,'' it added.

The step will not only benefit the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but also the people of India and Pakistan as it will lessen the tension in the region and release huge financial resources of the two countries for the development of their economies, the PDP said.

''It will usher the way for greater economic cooperation and strategic alliance between the two countries and unleash their boundless material and human resource for the prosperity and peace,'' it added.

The party said the step would improve the standard of living of the people in material as well as emotional and qualitative terms.


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