2 Core Groups Formed To Evolve Consensus19 November 2011
New Delhi: To reach consensus on the partial revocation of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), J&K government and Government of India (GoI) have formed two core groups to finalize the final report on the issue. Quoting sources, a local news gathering agency, KNS said the groups were formed after the recent rift between Army and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the issue of AFSPA revocation. “To find an amicable solution of the issue, the groups have been asked to form the report. The report will take care of apprehensions of Army and also include how credibility of the CM can be maintained over the issue as he has already announced the Act would be revoked soon,” sources said. They said it is being ensured that the report will be acceptable to both Army and the state government. “After the report is finalized, it will be sent to the state cabinet for approval and later to Governor N N Vohra for his consent,” they said. Highly placed sources said Omar has been asked by GoI to start fresh negotiations with representatives of armed forces and take them into confidence before the partial withdrawal of AFSPA from “some areas” of the State.