The Indian Army's Northern Command chief, Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik, and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah discussed the issue of troop recall and repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in the state, a statement said in Jammu on Sunday.
This was the first meeting between the two since Parnaik took over as General Officer Commanding-in-chief of the Northern Command on Jan 1 this year.
An official press release issued here on Sunday evening said that “it was a one on one meeting”, but did not give details. The meeting lasted 40 minutes.
However, sources told IANS that the issues discussed related to the overall situation in the state against the backdrop of the designs of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
The most important point of their discussion, according to sources, was regarding the differing perceptions of the state government and the army on troop reduction from Jammu and Kashmir, as also, repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives legal immunity to the troops fighting terrorism in the state.
It was not immediately known as to how the differing perceptions would be reconciled, but sources said that there was a “free and frank” exchange of views on these issues.