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Unified Command to decide on AFSPA, says Antony

New Delhi, Fri, 11 Nov 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Nov. 11 (ANI): Defence Minister A K Antony on Friday said the Unified Command would take a decision on the revocation of controversial anti-militancy law, the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain regions of Jammu and Kashmir.


Speaking on the sidelines of the foundation day function of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) here, Antony said: "This is a very sensitive matter, and as far as our ministry is concerned, we have already conveyed our view to the government. And after the discussions last year, the CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) took a decision to leave it the Unified Command in Kashmir to take a decision on this question of partial withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas."


"So, as far as we are concerned, we have left it to the Unified Command in Kashmir to decide," he added.


Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had earlier on Thursday reiterated his demand for withdrawal of the AFSPA from peaceful areas of the state, and said that he would not take "no" for an answer from the Indian Army.


"I have said that "no" is not an option I am willing to consider, so other than "no" as an option, you give me other options that are feasible and workable and that is what I want those committees to examine and then I will take a look at it," Omar told mediapersons in Srinagar.


Asserting that the Jammu and Kashmir Government hoped to phase out this law during this winter season, Omar said: "Well obviously, the sooner the better, because winter is normally a phase where militancy is at a low and that obviously gives us a window to consolidate, to reorient our deployments and to see how this phased withdrawal is working."


"So obviously, I would like as much of the winter months available to me. Whatever redeployments, whatever reorientation needs to take place that will happen," he added. (ANI)


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