AFSPA Revocation Row: UHQ, Cabinet To Meet After Eid4 November 2011
Srinagar: To sort out differences on revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Unified Headquarters and cabinet would be meeting immediately after Eid to discuss the issue, sources said.They said the government would try to make consensus in the Unified Headquarters meeting, which is likely to be held on November 9. “Unified Headquarters meeting would be attended by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, GoC 15 and 16 Corps, DGP Kuldeep Khoda, Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Home Secretary B R Sharma and officers of security and intelligence agencies,” a senior official told a local news gathering agency KNS. He said the government would like to take on board army and other security agencies in order to revoke AFSPA from certain areas of the state. Army is expected to strongly oppose roll back of AFSPA from certain parts of Jammu and Kashmir at the Unified Headquarters meeting. Army’s Northern Command Chief Lt Gen K T Parnaik has yesterday said withdrawal of AFSPA from some areas of the state would affect army’s capability in its fight against militancy and would render the force handicap. Sources said after the Unified Headquarters meeting, the State cabinet would meet and during which Congress ministers are expected to put forth party viewpoint on AFSPA revocation. “The ruling National Conference is likely to press for withdrawal of AFSPA during the Unified headquarters and cabinet meet. The Chief Minister has already said how long should people of J&K wait for consensus for lifting of AFSPA from the State,” they said. Debate over the partial revocation of AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act, introduced in 1990 to give the Army and paramilitary forces powers to detain suspects and use deadly force, began last month when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced that Acts will be revoked from parts of the state soon. However, the announcement didn’t go well Congress and the Army.