Repeal AFSPA from Northeast at the Earliest: Naga Hoho
Apex tribal body in Nagaland expressed anguish over the “callous” attitude of the Centre towards repeal of the AFSPA
On Wednesday, Naga Hoho, the apex tribal body in Nagaland, urged the Central government to repeal the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 (AFSPA) from the northeast region “at the earliest.”
The successive governments in Delhi, irrespective of political affiliations, always decide to remain a mute spectator ever since the enactment of the draconian laws. There is a peaceful atmosphere in the Naga areas as of now. Any policy that harms the atmosphere of trust and confidence ‘will be dear to all stakeholders’.Naga Hoho Media Cell
It said that both the Union government and the Naga people have agreed to a settlement for sharing sovereign power that is respectful of the wishes of the people. They have also agreed to establish a lasting relationship between the government and the Nagas.
We make this statement while an ongoing political negotiation and peace process between the government of India and the Naga people is underway. This can be testified by the Framework Agreement signed on 3 August, 2015.
The Hoho maintained that the Naga people were taken by surprise with the RSS reportedly declaring its support for extension and continuation of AFSPA in the north east and Jammu and Kashmir.
(With PTI inputs)
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