No referendum needed for decision on troops withdrawal, says Omar

His remarks came in an apparent reference to Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan’s comment where he had sought a referendum to ask people of Kashmir whether they want army for handling internal security.

‘Reduction of the footprint of security forces and phased revocation of AFSPA doesn’t need a referendum, just a courageous statesman to decide,’ Omar said on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
He made it clear that governments were elected to power for governance and decision making only.

‘Governments get a mandate to govern and decide, they don’t need to conduct a referendum before every tricky decision. Leaders must lead,’ Omar said.

The Omar Abdullah led coalition which completed five years in office on Sunday had taken the issue of reducing the foot prints of security forces on a war footing and as many as 52 bunkers were removed from the Kashmir Valley during the period.
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