Srinagar: Centre will look into the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and consider “every essential aspect”, home minister P Chidambaram said Friday while making it clear that maintenance of law and order will be the primary responsibility of Jammu and Kashmir government.
Chidambaram, who is on a two-day visit to the state, the Army has the responsibility for “conventional” defence at the borders and also countering infiltration and terrorism.
Political parties in the state have been demanding the repeal of AFSPA on the ground that it gave unfettered powers to the security forces, who they accuse of “high-handedness”.
Chidambaram said the issue of AFSPA was flagged two months ago during a meeting with chief minister Omar Abdullah and the two leaders had agreed to look at the matter after the elections.
“I promise to look at the matter. I have to discuss it with the defence minister and the Prime Minister ... it will be looked into in all earnestness,” he said adding “government will take into account every essential aspect”.