Chances of Indo-Pak hostilities have not receded: Army chief

New Delhi, July 04: Cautioning that chances of hostilities between India and Pakistan had not receded, the army chief Gen S Padmanabhan today said Islamabad must dismantle its entire terrorism infrastructure to prevent any rise in tension.

New Delhi, July 04: Cautioning that chances of hostilities between India and Pakistan had not receded, the army chief Gen S Padmanabhan today said Islamabad must dismantle its entire terrorism infrastructure to prevent any
rise in tension.

Ruling out any immediate army de-escalation from the
border, Padmanabhan said though there had been "some
reduction" in infiltration, he was reluctant at this stage to
say that incursions had stopped.

"Though the infiltration has reduced by a margin. It will
require a lot of effort on the part of the other side to
dismantle the entire terrorism infrastructure before
infiltration comes down to a trickle leave alone stop", the
army chief said in an interview to the "current affairs"
programme of Doordarshan.

Notwithstanding claims by President Musharraf, Padmanabhan said since May 27 when promises to stop cross border terrorism were made, there had been four to five infiltration attempts which were physically stopped.

He said while five attempts had been aborted, army has
estimates of as many as 107 militants having sneaked in during this period.

Asked if chances of hostilities between India and Pakistan had receded, he said "no, absolutely not".

"My troops are there. Their troops are on the border. The
reason for which we stood out there for six to seven months
now is that we wanted this infiltration and cross border
terrorism to stop.. It continues.. If it does not stop...What
do we do.. We have to take some action", Padmanabhan said.

Bureau Report

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