The question of revisiting the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Jammu and Kashmir is still open and the issue will again be discussed in the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) next week.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday briefed the Congress Core Group about the all-party delegation’s two-day visit to J&K and the feedback he got from the leaders of other political parties on their return.
At the two-hour meeting, chaired by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and also attended by PM Manmohan Singh, Chidambaram said strong demands for revisiting the AFSPA have come from various quarters including the state government.
In the September 10 meeting, the core group witnessed sharp differences over the issue.
Chidambaram will now brief the CCS, likely to be held on Tuesday, about the delegation’s feedback and also give his own assessment of the situation.
Besides discussing the AFSPA, the CCS is expected to announce some confidence building measures that include release of those apprehended in stone-pelting incidents and redeployment of forces to reduce its presence in civilian areas.