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Amnesty to militants a welcome change: Mehbooba

Srinagar, Feb 11 (IANS) The government’s decision to give amnesty to Kashmiri militants who are in Pakistan is a ‘welcome change’, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti said Thursday after the government expressed its willingness to welcome those guerrillas who want to surrender.

‘It is a welcome change,’ Mufti said in a statement.

She hoped the government will consider other similar decisions that will help in winning the hearts and minds of the people in the troubled state.

‘I hope other demands – like revocation of draconian laws like the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and demilitarization – will also be fulfilled to normalize the situation in the state,’ the statement added.

‘Keeping in view the prevailing situation in the Kashmir Valley, there was a dire need to take some more such steps to heal the wounds of the people.’

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