Srinagar:  Stepping up its effort to remove Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) in parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram are likely to meet on Tuesday to repeal DAA and Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in the state.

According to the sources, it is expected that the revocation of DAA and AFSPA will take place in those parts of the state where normalcy has been restored.  It includes several parts of Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Samba, Kathua, Jammu and Udhampur districts.

Notably, if an area is removed from the list of the Disturbed Areas Act, the AFSPA is automatically quashed. With the repealing of AFSPA, army and Para-military forces are deprived of the power to fight militant insurgency.

The major political parties of J&K, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and separatist have been demanding revocation of AFSPA for long time. Besides, the Centre appointed J&K interlocutors have also advocated the same.  Interestingly, the meeting on DAA and AFSPA comes a day before the J&K interlocutors are slated to submit their report.

JPN/Bureau