We will achieve our objectives on AFSPA: Mufti Sayeed

Shrinagar, 30/5 : Days after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out revocation of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said his government would “achieve its objective” with regard to the controversial Act in the state.

“I know everything. I know what to do and what not to do. Whatever we have to do, we will do that,” Sayeed told reporters on the sidelines of an inauguration ceremony of an International Buyer-Seller Meet at the SKICC here. Asked about Parikkar’s statement that Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was mandatory if the Army had to be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir or any other state for internal security, the chief minister said “whatever our objectives are, we will achieve them”.

On the AFSPA, PDP-BJP ‘agenda for alliance’ he said, while both the parties have historically held different views on the AFSPA and need for it in the state at present, the coalition government would examine the need for denotifying the ‘disturbed areas’ in the state. “This, as a consequence, would enable the Union government to take a final view on the continuation of AFSPA in these areas,” the document (agenda) said.