Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the state government is sending a special team of senior police and administrative officers to New Delhi to work on a roadmap, after consultations with the army, for phased removal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
"There are apprehensions expressed by the army. We intend to address them and have a consensus (on the removal of the AFSPA)," said Abdullah in his address in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.
Omar said our efforts are in the direction to have everyone on board. "A team of senior police officials, including director general of police (Kuldeep Khuda), additional director general and state home secretary home will soon visit Delhi. The team will visit army headquarters, defence ministry and home ministry for a consensus on the issue to draw a roadmap," said Abdullah.
Hindustan Times was first to report that a roadmap will be prepared on the contentious issue of the AFSPA. The team is likely to visit at the end of this month.
Throwing ball in New Delhi's court, Abdullah said: "I want to reiterate that the decision on the AFSPA was in line with the Cabinet Committee of Security".
Abdullah also reiterated his stand on AFSPA saying "since there was remarkable decrease in militancy and gradual improvement in the security situation, people should receive peace dividends in all fields".
Omar said his view point on gradual revocation of the AFSPA in certain parts of the state represent the public hope. "People want to relish the fruit of peace and tranquility along with development process," he added.
Rubbishing reports of difference between the coalition partners National Conference and the Congress in the state, Abdullah said, "There are cordial relations and would continue to grow further with the passage of time. Both parties are working jointly for achieving the goal of peaceful and progressive Jammu and Kashmir".
On October 21, the chief minister announced removal of the controversial Act from parts of the state within days. The move attracted reservations from both the coalition partner Congress and the army.
"We are not putting any deadline on the phased removal," said Abdullah on Saturday.