Reiterating his demand for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from areas not affected by terrorism,J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday sought progressive decrease in the presence of security forces in the state.
Addressing the CMs Conference on Internal Security,Omar said AFSPA played its role when insurgency was at its peak. However,now that there is a distinct change in the security environment in the state and there is a good case for reviewing the continuation of AFSPA in areas which are not affected by the insurgent and terrorist activities. As the situation is fast improving,the footprint of security forces need to be decreased progressively so that the people can feel the impact of the changed security scenario, he said. He said 12 battalions of BSF and CRPF and 39 bunkers have been removed since 2009 and 24 more bunkers are being removed in coming months.
Omar said there was a decline of more than 30 per cent in militancy-related incidents as compared to 2010. Against the 488 such incidents in 2010,there were only 340 such incidents in 2011,and as against 47 civilians killed in 2010,31 civilians were killed during 2011. The CM,however,said the threat to peace had not completely vanished.
Omar also urged the Centre to take effective measures for implementing the recommendations made by the team of Centres interlocutors for Kashmir.