Indian Army Chief develops serious differences with Govt

Date: 01 Jul 2010


Indian Army Chief develops serious differences with Govt/////////// — Snubs government for decision to withdraw AFSPA////////// — Says decision was made for narrow political gains////////// — Alleges government of depriving soldiers of legal protection/////////// — Killings of three Kashmiri youths by Army in a fake encounter in Macchil sparked off widespread protests in Valley seeking amendment of AFSPA/////////// From Christina Palmer////////// NEW DELHI—The Indian Army Chief General VK Singh who assumed office amidst historic controversy known as War of Generals in Indian Army when ousted his predecessor General Deepak Kapoor earlier this year, has now developed serious differences with the Political leadership of the country, reveal the findings of The Daily Mail.///////////// These investigations indicate that firmly opposing any dilution or withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in India controlled part of Jammu and Kashmir, General V K 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 was quoted as saying by highly placed and highly credible sources at the Army Headquarters here at New Delhi. Further according to these sources General Singh was, at a stage, said that the withdrawal of AFSPA would “seriously jeopardize” the safety and credibility of the force in India controlled part of Jammu and Kashmir.////////////// The Daily Mail’s Investigations further indicate that the issue of amending the AFSPA has been regularly raised by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with several senior Central leaders including the Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidambaram. The Indian Government is also planning to make the Act more humane. North-eastern States have also been demanding the removal of AFSPA citing the misuse of the law by the armed forces.////////// Noting that though the violence levels have come down in the State, the sources quoted General as saying, “the terrorist threat remains real and the terror infrastructure across the borders remains active. In such an environment, the security forces are required to undertake operations in challenging circumstances against highly trained terrorists armed and equipped with sophisticated weapons. Therefore, we need requisite legal protection.” The Daily Mail’s investigations further reveal that the tension between the Indian Army Chief and the Indian government is not something new but the relations souring since past few month The investigations reveal that earlier, in an interview, given to a local magazine in April, Singh had said adequate measures have been taken at all levels to ensure that the powers entrusted through the Act are not misused.///////////// AFSPA is in force in controversial valley of Jammu and Kashmir and some militancy- affected States in the Northeast./////////// Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised amendments to the Act that gives sweeping powers to the Army in Jammu and Kashmir and the North East, to make it more humane. Similarly the Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram is also known to be in favour of diluting some of the provisions of the Act.////////// The Indian Home Ministry has finalised its views and sent a note to the Union Cabinet. Comments of the Ministries of Defence and Law have been sought before the Cabinet Committee on Security considers amendments.///////// Killings of three Kashmiri youths by the Army in a suspected fake encounter in Macchil in Kupwara district on April 29 has sparked off widespread protests in the Valley and strengthened the demand for amending the Act./////////// XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX////////////// REFERENCE ABOVE; /////////////// Indian Army Chief General VK Singh ought to go a step ahead and WARN the bungling politicians & MPs not to interfere in army operations in J & K. /////////// Above all, not only the General but all the nation must stand behind him in order to raise an outcry over the continuance of Article 370 of Constitution that makes Kashmir a SPECIAL, thus a DISPUTED, State. //////////// Let us NOT repeat 1947: When Mahatma Gandhi looked back for supporters of his "Akhand Bharat" declaration, he found NOT A SOUL IN SIGHT. /////////// All the nation had vanished. The Indian MUSLIMS captured five provinces in no time! ///////////// Now it is 2010 and we expect ALL THE NATION to be solidly behind the General. //////////// Before the AFSPA is withdrawn this Article of Nehru's Constitution (Vidhan) MUST BE WITHDRAWN. It is amazing that all the other chief ministers are such despicable cowardly "rats" that none has demanded either its abolition or its extension to his/her state. Thus ONLY J & K remains its beneficiary! /////////// Government of "Dynasty" and its "STOOGES" can play the FOOL with the nation but the nation must not let them play the fool with our armed forces. ////////// In case of any future war or invasion the MPs & the IAS baboos will be the first to RUN AWAY and the "guiding light of Bharat, Mother of Nation" Sonia Mino, will take the first flight to Italy. She is NO King George VI and his Queen who stayed put in London even during BLITZ aerial bombardment during 1940 and 1941.//////////// 30 Jun 10/////////// =========== . 000000000