CCS meet on Kashmir today
Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet Friday to discuss the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the measures required to be taken to curtail the violence in the state.
According to reports, the CCS is also expected to deliberate on limiting the Army’s role in the violence-hit state in order to improve the situation there.
The CCS meet will discuss repealing or select withdrawal of the Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in J&K.
However, the CCS has also sought the Army’s view on limiting the role of armed forces once Chief of Staff General VK Singh returns from Sri Lanka.
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah recently joined the separatists in demanding the the removal of AFPSA from at least select districts where militants are not very active. But the Ministry of Defence is reportedly not in favour of withdrawing or diluting the act.
On Monday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that the CCS would meet for a "threadbare" discussion on the situation in Kashmir, but cautioned that he can't pull off a miracle to resolve the crisis.
The Prime Minister had also underlined the need for a non-lethal ways to control violent protesters and more humane methods to deal with the crowds.
He also called for giving more powers to Jammu and Kashmir Police acknowledging that the law and order is a state subject.
As many as 66 people have lost their lives in the ongoing unrest in the valley that started June 11.