Foreign military attaches laud Indian initiatives in J&K
17 April 2001
New Delhi: Military attaches from 23 countries, who visited Kashmir recently, have expressed satisfaction over the handling of militancy by the Indian Security Forces in Jammu and Kashmir and lauded the Centre's ceasefire initiative. The military attaches from the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Bangladesh, Australia, Czech Republic, Iran, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Nigeria had visited the Line of Control (LOC) and several forward areas of the State. They welcomed the ceasefire initiative taken by the Centre and expressed the hope that such steps would go a long way in normalising the situation in the Kashmir Valley, officials sources said here on Tuesday. The high-profile delegation was briefed in Kashmir by senior military, police and civil officials during their visit to various areas. The military attaches were led by Brigadier S M A Lee of the UK, dean of corps of military attaches. Brigadier T K Kaul, deputy director general, foreign division at the Army Headquarters, also accompanied them. The attaches also visited Gulmarg and forward areas like Rajouri and Pallanwala in Jammu region. The delegation also met Jammu and Kashmir Governor G C Saxena and Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah who apprised them of ground realities and the real situation in the State. They also met a cross-section of the people to get a first hand knowledge about the situation in the Valley. This is the first time that military attaches have met the common people, sources said.