Interlocutor Ansari bats for Omar on lifting AFSPA

Backing CM Omar Abdullah, J&K interlocutor MM Ansari said Centre must give "full support" to the plan for partial revocation of AFSPA.

Updated: Nov 22, 2011, 20:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Backing Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah, a Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor MM Ansari on Tuesday said Centre must give "full support" to the plan for partial
revocation of AFSPA in the border state at the earliest to
reduce any "trust deficit".
M M Ansari, who was part of the three-member central
panel of interlocutors that went into finding permanent
solution to problems in Kashmir, also said the Army should
leave implementation of civilian activities to the state

The former Central Information Commissioner, whose panel
submitted its report on October 12, said Centre needed to
support Omar in his endeavour for partial lifting of the
controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
"This way we can kill two birds with one stone. The
trust deficit with New Delhi will reduce drastically and the
general perception about governance deficit would also be
addressed simultaneously," Ansari told PTI.

"It was high time to show that democracy existed as much
as in the state as in any part of the country," he added.

Omar is pressing for lifting AFSPA from parts of J and K
while Army has voiced reservations on the move.

Touching upon Army`s role in civilian works, Ansari
said, "Operation Sadhbhavna of the Army under which they
involve in educational and health spheres should be left to
the state government."

Ansari said during his meetings with the Army
commanders, he had suggested that these camps should be
stopped all together especially in suburban areas as this
projected a negative image of the state government.

"One can understand such facilities in far-flung and
border areas but not in suburban areas and the logic given
by the Army is not convincing. If they have to do something
for poor, let them come to slum clusters in Delhi or Mumbai,
we have lot of them," he added.