Centre asks JK to review DAA notification

'Decision Taken On Recommendation Of All Party Delegation'


New Delhi, Dec 4: Passing the buck over to Jammu and Kashmir government on partial withdrawal of controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the state, the Centre Tuesday said it has asked the State Government to review notification of the areas as 'Disturbed Areas' under the Disturbed Areas Act (DAA).
“Following visit of All Party Delegation to Jammu and Kashmir in September 2010 and in pursuance of the decision taken by the Government of India, the State Government has been requested to review notification of the areas as 'Disturbed Areas' under the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special powers Act, 1990,” the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran informed the parliament on Tuesday. Pertinently, during 2010 unrest, the Centre announced eight point package for the State that included review of the areas declared disturbed.
Following the Centre’s announcement, the Unified Headquarters under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in September 2010 formed two committees comprising senior civil, army and police officers one each for the Valley and Jammu provinces to review the areas, which had been declared disturbed. However, confusion prevails over submitting of the recommendations by the parallel panels with Army and State Government contradicting each other on the matter. While Jammu and Kashmir asserts that it is yet to submit recommendations on the matter, the Army claims that recommendations were submitted to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is votary of selective withdrawal of AFSPA.
“After they (committees) completed the review of the Act, the recommendations were submitted to the state Chief Minister. We have not heard anything about the issue since,” General Officer Commanding of Army’s Northern Command, Lt General K T Parnaik, had last year told reporters at the Regimental Centre of Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry here.
Although the issue of partial withdrawal of AFSPA cropped up during 2010 unrest, it assumed centre-stage October last year with announcement of CM that the controversial law would be removed from parts of the state “within days.”
However, he had to go slow on his announcement following stiff resistance by the Army and state Congress over it.
Pertinently, after the eruption of militancy in the state, AFSPA was imposed in Valley and Jammu respectively in 1990 and 2001 by notifying them as disturbed.
First, the then Additional Chief Secretary (Home) issued a notification vide SRO-SW4 dated 6-7-1990 declaring the Kashmir valley and parts of Rajouri and Poonch district as disturbed.
Another order to notify Jammu region as disturbed area was issued by then Principal Secretary Home vide order number 219/97-ISA dated 10-8-2001. The notification declared districts of Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, Poonch, Rajouri and Doda to facilitate the imposition of AFPSA in them.

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