Srinagar: The controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA) and Disturbed Areas Act which give extra-ordinary powers to Army is likely to be removed from six districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
   
According to sources, the six districts which may soon see AFSPA no more in force are Srinagar, Jammu, Budgam, Sambha, Gandarbal and Kathua districts in Jammu & Kashmir.

In a high-level meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) in the presence of Union Home Secretary and Defence Secretary, Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth discussed the prospect for removing the forces.

The meeting was attended by the Director General of Police, Principal Secretary (Home) and Commander of the Army’s 15 Corps (which guards the Line of Control in Kashmir Valley) Lt Gen S A Hasnain, according to the sources.

The meeting debated over the issue extensively and proposed the necessary steps for the removal of terrorist movement in these areas.

Moreover, major issues of the valley including education system, health, infrastructure problem and rural development were also the serious concerns of the meet.

Along with Seth, Union Home Secretary R K Singh, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma also formed the part of the delegation which is presently on a visit to the state. 

JPN/Bureau