Army Chief meets Omar Abdullah over AFSPA

Omar Abdullah had a meeting with Army chief General V K Singh this morning during which the two discussed AFSPA and security-related issues.

New Delhi: Wrapping up his "productive"
visit to the national capital, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah had a meeting with Army chief General V
K Singh this morning during which the two discussed AFSPA and
security-related issues.

The breakfast meeting with Gen Singh was the last among
a series of interactions the Chief Minister had with central
leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
President Sonia Gandhi.

41-year-old Chief Minister has been pitching for partial
withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from
certain areas in the state which have witnessed very little
violence.

Both sides remained tight-lipped about the meeting, and
Omar only twitted on micro-blogging saying "Off to Jammu now.
Last engagement was breakfast with the COAS Gen V.K. Singh.
That wraps up this Delhi visit."

The Army chief had called on Governor N N Vohra on
Sunday here and the two discussed the situation in the state
for nearly an hour.

The Chief Minister has been camping in the national
capital for last two days during which he met the Prime
Minister, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee last evening.

After the meetings, Omar tweeted on the micro-blogging
site "had a meeting with Soniaji this evening. Overall very
productive day-long consultations."

Omar also met Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday
morning. The Chief Minister had said yesterday that his main
purpose of the visit here was to arrive at a workable
solution.

"Obviously the effort is to narrow the differences
between what we could like to see happening and what the army
has so far publicly stated as comfortable to let it happen,"
he observed.

PTI

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