Infiltration Is Down, Says Gen JJ Singh
7 October 2005
The Indian Express
Jaipur: Infiltration across the border and terror attacks have declined in Jammu and Kashmir after the start of the Indo-Pak dialogue, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General J.J.Singh said here today.'The decline in infiltration has lessened internal disturbances in Jammu and Kashmir, boosting tourism. The Amarnath Yatra passed off peacefully and the state is heading towards peace and prosperity,' the General told reporters after launching a 'Jai Jawan Aawas Yojna' for Army personnel here. Attributing the decline in violence to better counter- insurgency measures by the Army and the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue, Gen Singh said, 'The confidence building measures (CBMs) are favourable for both India and Pakistan as they led to the peace process, going in the right direction between the two nations.' 'Due to better counter-terror measures, intrusions by terrorists were very low as is evident from the number of terrorists killed while trying to sneak in,' he said. When asked if the number of Army personnel could be reduced in the state, Gen Singh said it was to be 'evaluated by those concerned but we are ready for any exigency anywhere in the country.' 'Generally, the Army does not want to interfere in the civil administration but if required, we are ready to control internal disturbances and restore law and order,' the COAS stated. On the proposed rail link between India and Pakistan through Rajasthan, the General said, 'It too would be a confidence building measure.' On setting up the South-West command in Jaipur, he said that it would strengthen the Army and provide better avenues for operations. On a question on AIDS cases in the Army, he said it was just '0.025 per cent against the civilian figure of 0.9 per cent.'