Central team met J&K CM for removal of controversial AFSPA.

Ajit SethSrinagar:  A high-level Central team, led by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, has met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and his top bureaucrats for 2nd day to confer all issues including the proposed withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas.

Before meeting the Chief Minister, the Cabinet Secretary, the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary had a further round of discussion on the security scenario with Northern Army commander and his 3 Corps Commanders posted in Kashmir.

There were a series of meetings on Sunday also with all stakeholders in Kashmir on development projects and a review of the security situation with top Army commanders.

“The time has come for the revocation of laws (AFSPA), which were invoked in the state after militancy, from some areas of the state within the next few days,” Mr Abdullah had said addressing those congregates for a Police Commemoration Day function at Zewan near Srinagar.

He, however, did not name the areas from where these laws would be removed. “I am not in a position to name those areas at the moment,” he had said.

But sources have told that the Army’s opposition notwithstanding, the Omar Abdullah-led National Conference government will escort from reducing areas under AFSPA.

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