New Delhi: Congress on Saturday steered clear of
the government`s announcment on troop reduction in Jammu and
Kashmir saying it would be better if political parties did
not give their views on the matter.
It is a matter between the Union Home Ministry, Defence
Ministry and the state government and it will be better that
political parties do not give their views on it", party
spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
His comments came in the backdrop of reports which
suggested that Army Chief VK Singh was countering Union Home
Secretary on the matter.
While Home Secretary GK Pillai yesterday hinted at a
25 per cent reduction in security forces` strength in Jammu
and Kashmir, Army Chief General VK Singh said they do not
feel the need to "cut down" their forces in the state.
However, the Army Chief today clarified that he was
talking about the Army personnel while Home Secretary G K
Pillai was referring to the paramilitary forces.
"I think there was some confusion," he said.