Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah's claims of revoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and Disturbed Area Act (DAA) from certain areas of the state has received a big jolt, as the recommendations of two core committees are not in favour of repealing these Acts.
Highly placed sources told Hindustan Times that the CM had constituted two core committees, comprising of Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda, Home Secretary BR Sharma, GOC 16 Corps Lt Gen KT Parnaik and GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen SA Hasnain earlier this year.
Both these committees had submitted these reports within short span of time, which recommended that ground situation is not ripe for repealing these Acts, said sources.
Despite recommendations of two core committees, Omar on its own announced the repealing of these Acts, sources added.
Omar Abdullah on Friday had announced that government is planning to repeal AFSPA and DAA from certain areas and time has come that J&K police takes charge of security of these areas.
The AFSPA was invoked in Kashmir valley and in some areas of Jammu division in 1990 after militancy erupted in the state. It was extended to all districts in 2001.
The AFSPA empowers security forces to shoot at sight or arrest people without a warrant in areas declared “disturbed”. The law shields security forces from prosecution (unless the union government gives sanction), which is the prime concern of political parties as well as separatists in the state and a subject on which they agree.
But since the two core groups submitted their reports, there was no discussion on repealing these Acts between state government and Army, and the announcement from chief minister came as a surprise, sources added.
After Omar made this statement, defence ministry as well as Omar's alliance partner Congress opposed this move and said that time is not right to repeal these laws as it will provide militant free hand and threat of reviving of militancy will increase.
By announcing repealing of AFSPA and DAA, Omar wanted to put center under pressure and get the favourable results. But as both core committees have not recommended repealing of these Acts, it will not be easy for Omar to implement his recent announcement, sources added.