Centre likely to announce CBMs on Kashmir next week

Government is likely to announce "graduated step-by-step" confidence building measures next week for Jammu and Kashmir which will include release of those apprehended in the recent stone-pelting incidents in the Valley.

Last Updated: Sep 23, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Government is likely to announce
"graduated step-by-step" confidence building measures next
week for Jammu and Kashmir which will include release of those
apprehended in the recent stone-pelting incidents in the
Valley and a review of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in
the state.

Top sources in Government said that the Cabinet Committee
on Security (CCS) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will be meeting next week during which the
visit of All Party Delegation to the state would be discussed.
A day after returning from Jammu as well as the Kashmir
Valley, leaders of the delegation had a meeting with Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram who led the team on the two-day
visit.

The sources said that the delegation and the government
was of the firm opinion that "structured, graduated
step-by-step" CBMs were need to be taken in the state.

The state government has already talked about release of
stone-pelters arrested and also re-deployment of forces in
Kashmir to bring down its presence in civilian areas, the
sources said.

The CCS is also likely to discuss the demands made by the
J-K government for withdrawing AFSPA from areas like Srinagar
and Jammu cities.

Emerging after an hour-long meeting, CPM leader Sitaram
Yechury said "we are very happy that ever since we have come
back, no major incident has taken place.
"We think both the state and central governments have to
take a number of CBMs to generate confidence among the people
and also to foil the game plan of those who wanted to create
disturbance."

Yechury said that there were some suggestions made to
the government like release of children who were detained and
have no serious charges and action against those who committed
excesses.

"There is also a need to take CBMs for Jammu and
Ladakh," he said while emphasising on having a complete
integrity of all the three regions of the state.

A 36-member All Party delegation arrived in the Kashmir
Valley on Monday during which a few leaders including Yechury
and Lok Janshakti Party Ram Vilas Paswan met separatist
leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and
Yaseen Malik.

The BJP had, however, distanced itself from the move of
some leaders of the delegation having separate meetings with
separatists.

However, Yechury, who met Geelani, had said that they
had put forward the desire to meet the separatists before the
delegation and there was no opposition from the BJP.

He said the whole idea of being a part of the team was
to tell the people of Kashmir that "we are not going to
discriminate and would like to meet everyone."

PTI