Chidambaram arriving today
To Co-Chair Security Review Meeting With Chief Minister
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar May 22: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will arrive in Srinagar on Wednesday and is scheduled to discuss the security and development related issues at a meeting to be co-chaired by him here with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
According to official sources, Chief Minister will strongly advocate for partial revocation of AFSPA at least from the areas where army has no operational role.
Chidambaram will fly to Kargil directly from New Delhi to inaugurate a school function being organized by North Zone Cultural Council. At Kargil Airport he is supposed to be received by Tourism Minister Nawang Rigzing Jora.
According to the sources in the state Home Department, soon after the function, Union Home Minister will fly to Srinagar and take stock of the situation. “Both Chidambaram and Omar Abdullah would chair a high level security review meeting in the state’s summer capital,” sources said adding that developmental issues are also supposed to be addressed during the meeting. “The meeting would be attended by civil, police, paramilitary, intelligence and army officials,” sources said.
The meeting sources said would also take stock of the overall security scenario in the state, infiltration of militants, strategy to counter militancy and steps on synergy between security and intelligence agencies.
Chidambaram, who was stated to be supporting Omar Abdullah government move of revocation of AFSPA from certain pockets of state, would be given overall picture of things after the removal of 43 bunkers from Srinagar. “The removal of bunkers has given relief to the people and we will press for removal of more bunkers and withdrawal of some paramilitary forces from Srinagar,” a state Home Department official told Greater Kashmir. “Lifting of more security bunkers from the Kashmir Valley this summer would give more semblances of normalcy and peace.”
The official added that Chidambaram would also be told to make the report of three Central interlocutors’ public. “Here everybody wanted to know what the interlocutors have put in the report, we will tell him to make the report public,” he said. “We will also ask him to implement recommendations of interlocutors report. If not, such a process would lose credibility,” the official said.
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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