Ample scope to go-ahead on AFSPA decision: Omar

Omar Abdullah on Saturday said there is ample scope to go-ahead with the move while addressing the concerns of the Army.

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2011, 16:24 PM IST

Jammu: Sticking to his demand for revocation
of AFSPA from some areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Saturday said there is ample scope to go-ahead with
the move while addressing the concerns of the Army.

"I believe there is ample scope for us to go ahead with
what we have decided to do, while at the same time addressing
concerns that the Army has flagged off", Omar told reporters
here on Saturday.

He was replying to a volley of questions about the
revocation of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from
some districts and what was his stand after his return from
New Delhi, where he met the central leadership over the issue.

The Chief Minister further stated that he does not want a
public debate over the issue.

"I do not want to get into the debate through the media
on AFSPA. I have already told media on the two occasion when I
was coming out from the meeting with Union Home Minister and
Union Finance Minister", Omar, who was here to inaugurate a
Kisan Mela organised by the State Horticulture Department,
said.

Omar is demanding revocation of the Armed Forces Special
Powers Act from certain parts of the state, a move which is
opposed by the Army saying it will handicap its ability to
operate there.

PTI