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Decision to revoke Disturbed Areas Act lies with J&K govt: Omar

Omar Abdullah said the decision to withdraw Disturbed Areas Act lay with the state government.

Jammu: Rejecting any difference with the
Centre on the issue of revoking Armed Forces Special Powers
Act and the Disturbed Areas Act, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the decision to withdraw DAA
lay with the state government.

"I don`t require anybody`s recommendation. Please
understand at the end of the day Army is tool of Central
government," Omar told reporters when asked whether his
government needed recommendation from the Centre to revoke the
draconian laws.

"Therefore it is important, in any situation particularly
where the security of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, to take
them (Army) along," he said answering a volley of questions at
a press conference here.

Omar said he was not suggesting that the power of veto
was with anybody else. "The decision to revoke DAA ultimately
is the state government`s," he said.

"But it is important that this should be done in
consultation and discussion with the Central government," he
said, adding, "There is no fight or difference with the Centre
on the issue."

"The state and the Central governments are on the same
page and both believe that this is an opportune time to start
reviewing the process and gradually roll back," Omar said,
maintaining that nobody is saying it will be done overnight.

On the opposition by Defence Minister AK Antony to
revoke AFSPA from the state, Omar said, "It is important to
understand that what is happening is as per the recommendation
of the Cabinet Committee of Security, which made eight
suggestions, including review of the DAA."

"Antony is a member of CCS, that made the recommendations
on the basis of which these committees have been setup to
examine the DAA," he said.

The Chief Minister said there was no difference with the
Centre on the issue. "The Government of Jammu and Kashmir has
been very keen on starting the process of rolling back those
laws that are not required at places where militancy is much
less than it used to be in the past," he said.

"Fortunately, the Centre is thinking on the same line. We
have absolute support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA
Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Union Home Minister and the
Defence Minister," Omar said.

On the two groups set up over DAA, he said greater
discussion was needed as it involved identifying the areas and
working out the modalities, besides the security structure
that has to be put in place after removal of DAA, the Chief
Minister said.


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