A day after the army put its foot down over the revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Occupied Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah hardened his stand saying "no is not an option" that he is willing to consider. "Give me other options that are feasible. We are not taking no for an answer. There are other options which we can examine", Omar told reporters. The Unified Command meeting over AFSPA remained inconclusive with the Indian occupation army sticking to its stated position. Chaired by Omar, no decision on AFSPA withdrawal could be arrived at given the reservations expressed by the army on the issue. "The army made a presentation and I listened to it. Whatever I have to say regarding its objections will be conveyed through the committees when they will meet. There will be two representatives of the state government - the DGP and state home secretary in the committee (to look into the AFSPA issue)," he said. Rebutting the army for its opposition to AFSPA withdrawal in certain areas, the puppet chief minister said he does not think that it is anybody's case, least of all the army's, that the state government does not have the authority. "The state government has the authority (to revoke AFSPA from certain areas). In this case, the authority rests with the governor who would act on the recommendations of the state government. And this was further cemented by the cabinet committee on security, and what the Union home minister has said in recent media interviews," he said. Omar said that since two committees have been set up he would like them to make the recommendations known before he has any further discussion with the army on this. He said he would like the recommendations to be submitted sooner because militant activities are at a low during winter. "That gives us a window to consolidate, reorient our deployments and see how the phased withdrawal is working. I would like as much of the winter months available to me so that whatever redeployments and reorientation need to take place can happen." Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad came to Omar's rescue, saying AFSPA revocation should be left to the CM and Union home minister.