The stringent Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) for counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern states is being reviewed but cannot be repealed, the highest-ranking home ministry official said Tuesday.
“The AFSPA is required to fight with insurgents, so it cannot be repealed. However, it is being reviewed and it will be made more humane by doing away with provisions like shooting at sight,” Home Secretary Gopal Pillai said.
Pillai will head for Assam on Wednesday to study the situation in the insurgency-hit state and address the press in Guwahati on Friday.
The AFSPA has often courted controversy as it gives a free hand to the armed forces engaged in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast.