the government lifts AFSPA.
In the presentation, the army told Abdullah that while people are demanding electricity, roads, water and other basic facilities, withdrawing AFSPA and thus curtailing the role of the Army in J&K are demands put forth by Pakistan, ISI, separatists and terrorists. “It was a 70-minute presentation and the Chief Minister asked us where did he fit in this matrix of four. This showed how deep were the differences in perception,” said a senior Army officer who was privy to the meeting.
Meawnhile, reacting to the report in The Indian Express today, the ruling National Conference asked for the resignation of Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir who has been accused of accepting a payoff from the TSD to “destabilise” the state government.
“We had apprehensions about Mir, today The Indian Express report has confirmed it. He (Mir) should step down as Agriculture Minister and probe should be announced against him,’’ senior NC leader Mustafa Kamal said.
Said Kamal, brother of Union Minister Farooq Abdullah: “It is very unfortunate that Army officials are trying to destabilize democratic institutions by using their agents. It is an attempt to steal the democratic mandate of the people of the state.’’
“The issue of destabilizing the current government is of a very serious matter and can’t be brushed aside or dismissed,” National Conference provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said.
Wani said this issue needs a thorough probe and no attempt should be made to cover up this issue. “We demand a judicial probe under a sitting judge of the Supreme Court or at the least by the CBI. The finding of this must be made public without any delay and we demand that all people from the state or outside who are involved overtly or covertly should face action as per the law,” he said.