Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Manipur said that his government will amend the Armed Forces Act withdrawing extraordinary provisions such as shoot-to-kill thus complying with demands made by many politicians of the North East (NE). Unnamed officials also said that the government may also scrap the entire law "if subsequent conditions allow" but Defense Minister Antony was emphatic that the law will not be scrapped and only the Army will be sensitized to human rights element while dealing with the people.
Regardless, Government sources say that two key amendments are foregone conclusion. The first one is withdrawal of special powers to officers to fire upon and even kill individuals if they are "of the opinion that it is necessary
to do so for the maintenance of public order." The second amendment will be to incorporate a list of "do's and don'ts" laid down by the Supreme Court in 1997 while reviewing the constitutionality of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). They say that these changes will be pushed through "in matter of weeks."