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J&K: Army toughens stand on AFSPA


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
Nov 06, 2011 at 01:52pm IST

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Srinagar: Ahead of the cabinet meeting slated later in November, the army has further hardened its stand over the AFSPA issue leaving very little leeway for Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who proposes partially lifting of the Act in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The army contends they would require some cover to fight militancy even if it has considerably waned.

"We have reservation against the revocation of the act and we think militants have massed along the Uri LoC close to the Leepa valley," Corps Commander Atta Hasnain said.

Army aside, alliance partners in Jammu and Kashmir government, National Conference and Congress have sharpened their knives with Chief Minister's uncle Mustafa Kamal going ballistic in favour of withdrawal of the army act. The Congress is not pleased.

"This will have to go, even if army opposes it." Mustafa Kamal said.

The pressure is back on Omar, not much has changed in the last week with army and Congress refusing to relent, he might once again find it hard to seek the consensus of all stakeholders when the state cabinet sits to deliberate the issue in Jammu.

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