Lt Gen Hooda denies recommending the abolishment of AFSPA to Congress

Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda has denied recommending the Congress party to promise abolishment of Armed forces special powers act (AFSPA). General Hooda was reportedly involved in drafting the defense doctrine of the Congress party. He was also the head of the Army’s Northern command during 2016 Surgical strikes.

While speaking to NDTV, General Hooda who oversaw the surgical strike said that the doctrine authored by him encompasses a wide range of issues like India’s internal, external security and its standing in the world affairs.

He added that there is no mention of AFSPA in his doctrine hence no question arises about recommending its abolition. As per General Hooda, first India needs to clearly lay out its political objectives in Kashmir based on which a military strategy can be drawn. He has also denied claims of him joining the Congress party.

The Congress party has received flack for promising to review AFSPA in areas like Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi’s party has also promised to review the deployment of forces in the Kashmir Valley.