Sensibly, the proposal to remove AFSPA at this stage is limited to districts with insignificant terrorist activity. Because the army doesn’t operate there, this denotification is unlikely to impact its plans. Moreover, terror incidents have been replaced in the last few years by street protests, where army is not involved. AFSPA was applied progressively and selectively in Kashmir and it should be rolled back in a similar manner.

To avert a relapse into violence, we must normalise the political situation in the same way the security situation has become better. Demonstrating good faith by easing AFSPA would assure Kashmiris that Delhi is serious about returning Kashmir to a peaceful normal.