JK coming back to normalcy: Vohra



Jammu: Welcoming the foreign secretary-level dialogue between India and Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra on Monday said the state is slowly coming back to peace and normalcy.

"To restore complete peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, it is essential that process of (Indo-Pak) dialogue be resumed...The state government welcomes the projected discussions between the Foreign Secretaries of Indian and Pakistan," Vohra told a joint session of the state assembly ahead of the budget session.

"After more than two decades of militancy-related violence and terrorism, there is a palpable yearning for peace across all sections of the society in the state," he said.

There is significant reduction in terrorist incidents in the state in 2009, Vohra said.

"There were 499 terror incidents last year as compared to 708 in 2008 and 1,092 in 2007," he said.

"This trend clearly shows that situation is improving significantly...It indicates a return of normalcy in the state," he said.

However, there is an increase in infiltration attempts into the state from across the LoC and International Border during 2009 and in the month of January 2010, Vohra said.

While effective initiatives has been taken against militants, the government is clear that all the action taken should be in conformity with the law, he said.

PTI