Amendments to AFSPA under CCS consideration, says Chidambaram
|Posted online: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 9:46:19 PM|
Jammu, Apr 10 : Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Tuesday said that his ministry has proposed three amendments to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which were under the consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
"Ministry of Home Affairs has proposed three amendments to AFSPA. They are under consideration of the Cabinet Committee on Security. Once a decision is taken, we will announce it," he told the media here.
Chidambaram further said the report of the Central Government's interlocutors on Kashmir would be made public after the Committee on Security (CCS) considers it.
"Interlocutors' report, As I said in Delhi, will be made public after the Cabinet Committee on Security has considered the matter," he said.
Chidambaram had earlier said report of the interlocutors on Kashmir would 'see the light' early in new financial year once a presentation is made before the Cabinet Committee on Security.
Chidambaram chaired a high-level meeting here today to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Chidambaram, along with state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah chaired the meet to take stock of the situation, deliberated upon the inputs of intelligence agencies about infiltration movements in the state.
They also discussed the revocation of controversial the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), to make public the interlocutors' report, the security for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage scheduled to begin June 25 and state government's surrender policy to bring back the misguided youths from Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
The Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA) gives security forces sweeping powers to shoot, arrest, search and detain people in battling the insurgency in Kashmir.
Abdullah had earlier said that there was need to withdraw the AFSPA in wake of the decline in militancy in the province.