I Have Power To Revoke AFSPA: Omar20 February 2011
Times of India
Jammu: J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) can be decided by consultation between the Union government and the state government, claiming, however, that the chief minister was empowered to revoke the law. 'The Army is the tool of the Union government and its advise is really required to be taken into consideration before amending or abrogating AFSPA. However, my government and the central government are on the same page so far as the removal of the AFSPA is concerned,' Omar said told reproters. He was reacting to observations of defence minister A K Antony on not revoking AFSPA from J&K. 'My government had proposed the withdrawal of the law from certain areas like Srinagar and Budgam in Kashmir and from two districts in Jammu division in consultation with the security advisors from the Army but Union government was working on the suggestion. But nobody has veto on the issue whether to remove the law or it to remain,' he added. Asked why he wasn't moving to revoke the law himself if had the powers to do so, Omar said the central government's opinion was necessary as Army works under its command.