New Delhi, (IANS) Categorically opposing unilateral operations under the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said it should be further fine tuned to address the concerns of the border state.
“Keeping in view the sensitivity of Jammu and Kashmir, the proposed NCTC order detailing the functions, powers of the standing council and standard operating procedures need to be further fine-tuned,” Omar said while addressing the chief ministers’ conference here.
According to Abdullah, the powers of arrest and search to be conducted independently by the NCTC without involving the local police could result in overlapping of responsibilities of the law-enforcing agencies and could create operational difficulties.
The NCTC has been mandated with powers for carrying out independent operations but with the flexibility and option to inform the state government after the operation has been launched/culminated and after the arrests have been effected.
Suggesting modification of a provision, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said it should be mandatory for the NCTC director to consult the state police chief and conduct joint operations with the local police.
Abdullah further added that “the Unified Headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir – the apex body for coordinating the anti-militant operations – has already laid down standard operating procedures for operations under which the Army and the security forces conduct the operational searches and cordons along with the state police. “We can have similar arrangements for NCTC,” said Abdullah.