Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday did some tough talking with the Army at the Unified Headquarter meeting insisting that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act had to be partially withdrawn from the state but met with stiff resistance. (Agencies)
"No is not an option," Omar stated emphatically at the nearly three-hour long meeting.
Voicing its apprehensions, the Army cautioned that even a partial withdrawal will be detrimental to the security apparatus, sources privy to the meeting said.
The Army made a presentation highlighting the importance of AFSPA in fighting militancy in the state.
The Chief Minister said people of the state need to have some semblance of peace returning.
A spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir government came out with a brief release saying the Unified Command Headquarters meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister during which the
overall security scenario in the state was reviewed.
"The meeting which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand discussed in detail the partial removal of AFSPA from different parts of the state and the various constituents of the UHQ gave their view point on the issue," the spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister directed the Corps Comamnders of Jammu and Srinagar Corps as well as Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda and Home Secretary B R Sharma to hold meetings
on the issue of withdrawal of Disturbed Areas act at the earliest and hand over their report to the state government.
All top ranking officer of various security and Intelligence agencies presented their views on AFSPA, security situation and winter strategy to tackle militancy in state.
"The Army presented a detailed account of their views on AFSPA. We have explained our views and concerns, why do we have the feeling that operations will get impinged," a senior
Army official said.
Army commanders also explained what will be the effects of partial revocation of AFSPA in J&K, he said, adding all the commanders spoke on the issue.
"The meeting passed off in a cordial manner. The Chief Minister listened to point of views of all," he said adding, "no decision was taken in the meeting and it ended on a note that there is a need for more deliberations as far as AFSPA is concerned."
BSF officials also expressed views partially closer or similar to one expressed by the Army, while CRPF had a different point of view to revoke the Act, he said.
CRPF demanded that the CRPC Act, which is applicable for them outside the state, should be made applicable in J&K also, he said.
Omar Abdullah had on October 21 said the AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act will be removed from some areas of the state in next few days.
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday did some tough talking with the Army at the Unified Headquarter meeting insisting that the Armed Forces Special Powers Act had to be partially withdrawn from the state but met with stiff resistance.