AFSPA required by armed forces Gen Singh

By: admin
Updated: 16 Apr 2012 09:16 AM

Amid renewed demands for the repeal of the controversial AFSPA,
Army chief General VK Singh on Monday said the law was a functional
requirement for the armed forces in certain areas.

"Everyone knows what our view is on this subject. It is based on
functional requirement and how the Army is supposed to be in a particular
area," he told reporters when asked to comment on the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act (AFSPA).

"It would be better if you ask the Home Ministry on this issue," Singh
said when asked whether laws like AFSPA were required in the backdrop of
Taliban attacks in Afghanistan and their likely impact in India.

The General said that defence minister AK Antony had asked the armed
forces to monitor the happenings in the neighbourhood as its fallout could
be felt in the country someday or other.

"We are discussing all kinds of issues and this would be a part of the
overall discussion," Singh said when asked about delay in defence

"Absolutely, a lot of work is being done," was Singh's reply to a question
on whether enough was being done to provide weapons to modernise the Army.

The Army chief, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in March, had
said that India's security may be at risk as tanks were running out of
ammunition; air defence was becoming obsolete and the infantry lacked
critical weapons.