PM Chairs CCS Meet27 October 2011
New Delhi: In the backdrop of moves to lift Armed Force Special Power Act (AFPSA) from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met here Thursday chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The over 90-minute meeting was attended by Home Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister A K Antony and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee at the Prime Minister's official residence. There was no official word whether the issue of AFSPA in Kashmir came up for discussion. Meanwhile, Army Chief General V K Singh Thursday said the issue is under the purview of the Home Ministry and Army has already given its inputs on the issue. 'This (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) is within the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs. They are debating this and we have given our inputs. I would not like to say anything more,' he told reporters on the sidelines of Infantry Day celebrations here. Asked about NC leader Mustafa Kamalís remarks that the October 25 grenade blasts in Srinagar were orchestrated by Army, Singh said, 'Whosoever has given that comment, I think that does not deserve the courtesy of any remark from me'. Army has been advocating for continuing the Act on the grounds that it needed to deal with militants in the state. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday said that the withdrawal of the Act from certain areas of the state was in no way an effort to undermine the role of the Army. 'The army is essentially playing a major role in anti-militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir', he had said.