Srinagar: Diwali got off to a bad start in Jammu and Kashmir. National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah's brother Mustafa Kamal has accused the army of orchestrating the twin grenade attacks that occurred in Srinagar on Tuesday. The purpose, he says was to make the government rethink its decision to partially remove the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Three CRPF personnel were injured in the attack on a CRPF bunker in Maisuma and a policeman was injured when gunmen opened fire in Anantnag.
The grenade attacks within a distance of two kilometers and in a time span of 15 minutes have come at a time when chief minister Omar Abdullah and the The Army are holding divergent views on controversial AFSPA.
Omar had said that he plans to roll back the Act from areas which have seen no or very little terror incidents this year. But the army has raised its concerns. The confrontation between the Army and the Chief Minster has just got worse with Farooq Abdullah's brother Mustafa Kamal saying that the Army could be behind the attacks.
They are uncalled for remarks from a gentleman and also from the politician's brother. I think it's a shame on the nation, Satbir Singh said.
The army has told the cabinet secretary that the timing is not right for lifting of AFSPA and that intelligence input points to no let-up in infiltration bids this winter.
MM Pallam Raju Ministry of States Defence speaking on AFSPA said, "We are examining this demand at a high level because AFSPA is needed for forces to function in difficult areas. Chief Minister is asking for lifting of AFSPA from some peaceful areas. The government and the Ministry will take a balanced view on that."
While this may come as a shot in the arm for the Chief Minister, it won't be easy to push the AFSPA roll back through.