Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Omar presses for AFSPA recall

The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today relied on plunging militancy
 graph and improved security scenario, well supplemented by statistics, in his bid to
 convince the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram vis-√†-vis his demand for partial
 revocation of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) from J&K.
 Reports suggested that during high level security review meeting with Chidambaram,
 the issues pertaining to perfect synergy among different security agencies engaged in
 anti-militancy operations, law and order situation, capitalizing on the dividends of a
 peaceful summer 2011 to consolidate the process further and progress on rehabilitation of
 surrendered youth who crossed over to PAK for arms training figured.
 Official inputs suggested that the interlocutors’ report too found a place during one-on-
 one deliberations between the two. Omar is asking for making the report public to hold
 deliberations on it. The deliberations should be followed by its implementation and in no
 situation, it (report) should be left to meet the fate of similar reports in the past.
 If this is not such a process would lose credibility, was a word of caution from Omar, the
 reports suggested.
 Later in the evening Omar said, “We desire that the interlocutors’ report should be made
 public document and talks should be held on it. After that its recommendations should be
 Regarding AFSPA revocation, Omar’s stand is that the process can be started by lifting
 it from peaceful areas where the Army has no operations and to begin with, can be lifted
 from districts like Jammu, Samba and Kathua in the Jammu region and Srinagar and
 Badgam in the Kashmir Valley.
 During the security review meeting, the Chief Minister reportedly pitched hard relying on
 graphs showing steady decline in militancy since 2010.
 The agencies reports quoted an official, who was present at the meeting, saying, “For the
 revocation of AFSPA, the graph of militancy is the first and last point to be seen. The
 data reflects steep and drastic decline in militancy. This is self speaking.”
 As per the agencies reports, the state government also supported the lifting of more
 security bunkers from the Kashmir Valley this summer “to give a semblance of normalcy
 and peace.”
 According to official statistics, 1,600 security bunkers have been erected in the state since
 1990. About 80 bunkers, mostly from Srinagar, were removed last year. This year, there
 are plans to remove 25 more.
 The meeting also took stock of the overall security scenario in the state, infiltration of
 militants from Pakistan, strategy to counter militancy and steps for synergy between
 security and intelligence agencies.
 Reports suggested that the Union Home Minister sought report on KAC Chairman Dr
 Ghulam Nabi Fai’s activities in the state, presently under investigation, besides report on
 mechanism to check infiltration along LoC and Amarnath Yatra arrangements.
 The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, Minister of State for

 Home Nasir Aslam Wani, J&K Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Director General Police,
 Kuldeep Khoda, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B B Vyas, Principal Secretary
 Home B R Sharma, Union Joint Secretary (Kashmir) in Ministry of Home Affairs K
 Skandan, Additional Director IB Rajeev Kapur, Special Director General CRPF (NZ)
 J&K, Anirudh Uppal, Additional Director General Law and Order J&K, K Rajindra,
 Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai, IGP Jammu,
 Dilbag Singh, IG CRPF, Kashmir, B N Ramesh, OSD to Union Home Minister, Ajay
 Kumar Yadav, IGP CID, B Srinivas, IG CRPF (Adm), Kashmir, Ravi Parkash, Deputy
 Director IB Kashmir, Mahesh Dixit, DD (SIB), Jammu, Anuragh Kumar, IG BSF,
 Kashmir, D S Rathore, IG CRPF, Jammu, A H Mohammad and DIG BSF, Jammu N S

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