Fall in militants` presence in J&K: Army

The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has come to a "satisfactory" level and the number of militants operating in the state has fallen by half in the past few years, the Army said on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

Yol Camp (HP): The security situation in
Jammu and Kashmir has come to a "satisfactory" level and the
number of militants operating in the state has fallen by half
in the past few years, the Army said on Tuesday.

"The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has come
to a satisfactory level. The number of militants operating in
Jammu and Kashmir has decreased to 400 from 800-900 in the
past few years," General Officer Commanding (GOC), 9 Corps,
Lieutenant General AK Choudhary told reporters here.

He said that infiltration is down.

"Infiltration attempts and number of militants
entering J&K has come down," Choudhary said.

He said that several measures including three tier
fencing have been put in place to check cross-border
infiltration.

To a question about troops withdrawal in J&K, he said
that there is a need to take a holistic view on the issue.

The Unified Headquarter -- the highest security
assessment panel in J&K -- will assess and take a decision in
this regard, he said.

"When the security environment improves further, there
should be less visibility of forces," he said.

Referring to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops,
he said recently three such violations have been reported
along the Indo-Pak border.

"The BSF has done a commendable job by thwarting
attempts of militants to infiltrate to this side from
Pakistan," he said.

PTI