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Infiltration declines after peace talks: Army chief
October 07, 2005 14:53 IST
Infiltration across the border and terror attacks have declined in Jammu and Kashmir after the start of the India-Pakistan dialogue, Chief of Army Staff General J J Singh said in Jaipur on Friday.
"The decline in infiltration has reduce internal disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir, boosting tourism. The Amarnath Yatra passed off peacefully and the state is heading towards peace and prosperity," the General told reporters after launching a 'Jai Jawan Aawas Yojna' for army personnel in Jaipur.
Attributing the decline in violence to better counter-measures by the army and the ongoing India-Pakistan dialogue, General Singh said, "The confidence building measures are favourable for both India and Pakistan as they led to the peace process going in the right direction for the two nations."
"Due to better counter-terror measures, intrusions have come down, evident from the low number of terrorist casualties trying to sneak in," he said.
When asked if the number of army personnel could be reduced in the state, General Singh said it was to be "...evaluated by those concerned" but added that they were ready for any exigency anywhere in the country.
"Generally, the army does not want to interfere in the civil administration but if required we are ready to control internal disturbances and restore law and order," the COAS said.