August 2004 News

India Says Pakistan Yet To Curb Kashmir Militants

18 August 2004

New Delhi: Pakistan has yet to take any steps to shut down the bases of anti- Indian Muslim militants on its soil, an Indian minister said on Wednesday, and blamed Islamabad for a recent rise in rebel incursions into Kashmir. The comments come barely two weeks before talks between the foreign ministers of the nuclear-armed neighbours to review the progress of a nascent peace process that aims to resolve a wide range of disputes, including the thorny Kashmir row. It was the second time in four days that New Delhi voiced anguish over rising violence in Kashmir, the Himalayan region at the heart of decades of enmity between the South Asian neighbours. 'After the Nov. 25, 2003 ceasefire ... there had been some decline in the level of infiltration till May 2004,' said India's junior foreign minister, Edappakath Ahamed, referring to a truce between the two armies on the Kashmir frontier. 'Infiltration levels have increased in June and July and Pakistan has so far not taken any credible steps to dismantle the infrastructure of support to terrorism in that country,' he told parliament. 'Recent reports suggest efforts in the context of reviving some training camps and launching pads.' Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh vowed on Sunday to pursue peace moves with Pakistan but said cross-border violence in Kashmir could hurt the process that began last year. Guerrilla violence has increased in the disputed region in recent months, causing concern in New Delhi that Islamabad was not sticking to its promise to crack down on militant bases and stop incursions into Indian Kashmir. The two countries began talks this year to resolve the Kashmir dispute after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf promised to curb militant activity and then Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee agreed to negotiate about Kashmir.


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