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  Government cannot wish away the Kashmir issue, it has to be resolved

After continuous stone pelting, killings and curfew last summer,people venting their anger at a policeman
 
In true democratic traditions of India, caught between the political craft of chief minister, Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and the obstinacy of the Indian Army, the government of India, loathe to be seen on anyone’s side, announced the formation of yet more committees. These twin committees, one at the Centre and one in the state will look afresh at the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
Several stories are now being circulated to divert the attention from the main issue: phased revocation of AFSPA and resolution of Kashmir. The story that tops everything else is the one about legally determining who exactly has the power to revoke the AFSPA in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
 
 
Given that this Act was passed in 1958, and has been in force in the entire states of Nagaland, Manipur (barring Imphal municipal area), Assam, J&K and parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tripura, it is remarkable that neither the state governments nor the Centre still understand the legalities of the Act.

Till a year ago, J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah believed that being the government of India Act, only the Centre had the power to revoke AFSPA. Then last year he was put wise by the central government that actually he is the one who has to take this decision. In all seriousness, speaking to FORCE in April 2011, he said, “The ball has been tossed back into the state’s court. We have been told to examine the removal of Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) leading to the removal of AFSPA. I have constituted two groups with the two Corps Commanders, director general of police and the state home secretary to examine Jammu and Kashmir regions separately. After they finalise their recommendations the state will take a decision.”
 
 
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