AFSPA should be revoked on trial basis: J&K CM

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Jammu, July 25: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has asked the Centre to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from 25 to 40 areas of Valley on trial basis.

"As a test case if it is done and slowly the process of revocation takes place and it can be seen how the situation remains in these areas then" Mehbooba was quoted as saying.

Mehbooba Mufti

"Bold steps need to be taken to address the issues as people of the state are our own. Other confidence building measures (CBMs) should also be initiated."

"Land given to army which they are not using now should be returned so that govt can build colleges and universities and parks on them", she added.

Life in Jammu and Kashmir has been paralysed since July 9, a day after the Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed in an encounter with security forces.

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Wani was killed along with two other terrorists on July 8 in an encounter at Bumdoora village of Kokernag in Jammu and Kashmir by a joint team of police and Army.

As many as 45 persons have been killed and over 3,400 others injured in the violent clashes between protesters and security forces following Wani's killing.

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