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AFSPA withdrawal demand for political gains: Army Chief

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 26 (PTI) - Firmly opposing any dilution or withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General VK Singh has said the demand was being made for "narrow political gains".

Soldiers operating in "hostile environment" need legal protection to perform their tasks efficiently, Singh said, adding, "Any dilution or withdrawal of AFSPA will lead to constraining our operations."

"AFSPA is a misunderstood Act and all who ask for its dilution or withdrawal, probably do so for narrow political gains," he said in an interview to the 'Land Forces' Defence magazine.

The Army Chief was asked if the withdrawal of AFSPA would "seriously jeopardise" the safety and credibility of the force in Jammu and Kashmir.

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AFSPA withdrawal demand for political gains: Army Chief

NEW DELHI, June 26 (PTI) - Firmly opposing any dilution or withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General VK Singh has said the demand was being made for "narrow political gains".

Soldiers operating in "hostile environment" need legal protection to perform their tasks efficiently, Singh said, adding, "Any dilution or withdrawal of AFSPA will lead to constraining our operations."

"AFSPA is a misunderstood Act and all who ask for its dilution or withdrawal, probably do so for narrow political gains," he said in an interview to the 'Land Forces' Defence magazine.

The Army Chief was asked if the withdrawal of AFSPA would "seriously jeopardise" the safety and credibility of the force in Jammu and Kashmir.