| GEO World|
| Omar vows to rid H-Kashmir of forces Act|
| Updated at: 0607 PST, Friday, February 27, 2009|
SRINAGAR: Chief minister of Occupied Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Thursday announced that his government has started the process to revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act in the state.
‘‘The troops and security forces will be sent back to the barracks soon,’’ he said.
Omar’s announcement came in reply to an assembly debate on the withdrawal of AFSPA initiated by PDP MLAs with party leader Mehbooba Mufti, who charged the National Conference-led government with ‘‘perpetuating a reign of terror in Kashmir’’ and called for the repeal of AFSPA saying, ‘‘This must stop.’’