Decision on AFSPA to be taken objectively: PM

PM Manmohan Singh said a decision on J&K CM Omar Abdullah`s demand for partial withdrawal of AFSPA has to be discussed by in an objective way.

Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 22:24 PM IST

On Board Air India One: Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Saturday said a decision on Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s demand for partial withdrawal
of AFSPA has to be discussed by those dealing with security
forces in an objective way.

"I am conscious of the positions (on the demand). All
those in charge of security and those dealing with handling
all the security forces should sit and objectively discuss,"
he told reporters accompanying him on his return from
Maldives.

He was replying to a question on Abdullah`s demand of
withdrawal of AFSPA in some areas of the state.On Board Air India One: Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh today said a decision on Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah`s demand for partial withdrawal
of AFSPA has to be discussed by those dealing with security
forces in an objective way.

"I am conscious of the positions (on the demand). All
those in charge of security and those dealing with handling
all the security forces should sit and objectively discuss,"
he told reporters accompanying him on his return from
Maldives.

He was replying to a question on Abdullah`s demand of
withdrawal of AFSPA in some areas of the state.
The army is opposed to revocation of the act which gives
sweeping powers to security forces in counter-terror
operations.
Defence Minister A K Antony yesterday made it clear that a
decision with regard to it has to be taken by the Unified
Command, headed by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and
comprising top officials of army, paramilitary forces and
state police.

PTI