Tuesday, May 30, 2023

NH demands AFSPA withdrawal

Naga Hoho (NH) has maintained that the extension of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in the Naga areas was “only the justification of how India had forcefully occupied the free Naga land” and reiterated its demand for complete withdrawal of the “Draconian Act from the region once and for all.”
NH through its media cell said that the government of India seemed to reject and discard the voice of the people when the popularly elected democratic government of Nagaland had recommended for repeal of the infamous AFSPA 1958. “When India had officially recognized the political rights of the Nagas, why should India play fool with the sentiments of the Naga people?” NH said.
Stating that there cannot be true peace and mutual respect through the barrel of a gun, the NH has, therefore, said that the “draconian law must go away from our land.”
NH said it looked forward with hope for a peaceful resolution to the “Indo-Naga” political issue. NH has, however, expressed apprehension that there cannot be true spirit of peace and tranquillity with AFSPA in place.
The hoho alleged that the recent “deliberate attempt” of the Indian Army to kill innocent Naga citizens with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted in Puilang (Kambiron) village under Tamenglong district on September 24, 2022 was one glaring proof.
NH said that Naga people were “outraged and anguished by the terrors created by the Indian Army over the Naga people.” It stated that the patience of Naga people should not be misunderstood as weakness.


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