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‘US feared rising militant activities in J&K’

The US had expressed fears that militant activity in J&K could draw a forceful Indian response and threaten the stability gains in the state.

New Delhi: The US had expressed fears that
heightened militant activity in Jammu and Kashmir could draw a
forceful Indian response and threaten the political and
stability gains in the troubled state following the composite
dialogue between India and Pakistan.

A cable, sent by then US Ambassador to India Timothy
Roemer in February 2010 and released by Wikileaks on August
30, said militant groups across the Line of Control (LoC) were
regrouping and preparing to launch a new wave of attacks in
Jammu and Kashmir.

"Most importantly, however, Kashmiris and government
officials responsible for Kashmir policy are starting to sense
that the cross border terrorists are regrouping and preparing
to launch a new wave of attacks," the cable summary reads.

The US Ambassador also feared any increase in the
militant activity will witness a forceful reaction from the
security apparatus here which, it said, remains "edgy".

"The Indian security apparatus remains edgy and will
react forcefully to any hint of increased insurgency in the
valley," Roemer said in the cable.

He also feared that increase in militant activity will
threaten the "political and stability gains" in Jammu and

The leaked cable assumes significance as there has been
an increase in the infiltration attempts by militants from
across the LoC over the last two months and mortar shelling by
Pakistani troops on the Indian Army posts here.

"While there have been a few positive moves regarding
Kashmir in the last month (January 2010), the more significant
developments have been negative and represent setbacks to
peace and reconciliation," the cable said.


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