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AFSPA will continue in J&K “till needed”, says Rajnath

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Srinagar: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives sweeping powers to security forces, will continue in Jammu and Kashmir till it is needed, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

Talking to the reporters here, the minister said that AFSPA in the state would be revoked only when the situation was conducive.

“I pray to God that AFSPA is not needed anywhere in the country,” Singh said, adding that all the stakeholders would have to cooperate in order to revoke the act.

Asked if there were plans to talk to Kashmiri separatist groups, he said there was no such proposal.

“We have no proposal to hold talks with separatists… We are ready to listen and talk to anyone but anti-national activities should be opposed and boycotted,” he said.

Will the PDP-BJP government complete its full term, given the differences between the two parties, he was asked.

Singh replied: “There is no reason to believe that this government will not last its full term.”

On the security situation, the minister said: “I am confident the situation in Kashmir will not be allowed to deteriorate. We need the cooperation of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to improve the situation.”

(IANS)

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Jammu and Kashmir’s Dal Lake Gets a Photobook Depicting Its ‘Mood’

The photographs capture the seasonal changes visible around the lake, coupled with the poems she wrote on its different moods.

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Dal Lake. Flickr

A book compiling photographs and poems on the “various moods” of Jammu and Kashmir’s Dal Lake was launched by Honorary Consul General of Comoros K.L. Ganju at the Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre here.

The photographs in the book “Ekam: The Supreme One” have been clicked by Sangeeta Gupta, when she was posted in Srinagar as the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Jammu and Kashmir, a statement said.

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Parade in Jammu and Kashmir. Flickr

The photographs capture the seasonal changes visible around the lake, coupled with the poems she wrote on its different moods.

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Prithvi Fine Art and Cultural Centre is a Delhi-based non-profit organisation promoting art, literature and music of India. (IANS)

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