Kolkata, Jan 28: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said he wants the talks between the state and central governments on the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from the valley to be speeded up.
‘I would like to see things move a little faster. But these things have a life of their own, a time of their own as these are not the only issues in front of the ministry of defence.’
‘But I am also sure that this (AFSPA) will also receive the importance that it deserves as it is a very important issue for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. That’s why I am continuing to press for it,’ said Abdullah while talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Kolkata Literary Meet.
Abdullah Wednesday had said he was committed to the gradual revocation of the AFSPA from the state.
In his address, on the eve of the Republic Day, he had said: ‘The government has set in motion the dialogue process through interlocutors who have submitted their report to the central government.’