Army in J&K as long as state needs it: Centre

The Army deployed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of recent violence will continue to remain as there long as the state government feels its presence is necessary.

Hyderabad: The Army deployed in Jammu and
Kashmir in the wake of recent violence will continue to remain
as there long as the state government feels its presence is
necessary, Union Minister M M Pallam Raju said today.

"What is happening in Srinagar and other places is very
unusual. Army comes in only when it is beyond the handling of
the state government. As long as the state government thinks
it is necessary, the Army will be there," Raju, Minister of
State for Defence, told PTI on the sidelines of a function
here.

According to him, the Union government would like to
withdraw the troops as soon as normalcy is restored in the
troubled state.

"I don`t think that (withdrawal of Army) would take
long," he said in reply to a query if it would take long for
troop withdrawal.

To a query on the all-party meeting called by Jammu and
Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, he said despite the
absence of People`s Democratic Party, the government will find
a solution.

"An all party meeting will help in bringing normalcy and
understanding of what the real issue is. In J and K there has
been good cooperation from all parties and it is unfortunate
that Mehbooba Mufti is not attending. Nevertheless, we will
find a solution," said Raju, who was in the city to inaugurate
the Monsoon Regatta, Hyderabad 2010.

-PTI

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