November 2005 News

Kashmir militant groups funded from across the border: Patil

28 November 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

New Delhi: Home Minister Shivraj Patil today said though number of infiltrators into the country has gone down, infiltration continues in a calibrated manner with terrorist organisations in Kashmir being 'funded from the other side of the border'. But there is a fall in terrorist violence this year, giving room for increased tourist flow, he informed the Parliament during zero hour. Asserting that the overall level of violence in Jammu and Kashmir had been perceptibly lower in 2005, Mr Patil said terrorist incidents were fewer by 22 per cent during the first ten months of the current year as compared to the corresponding period in 2004. 'Till October 2005, 219 terrorists are estimated to have infiltrated, which is a decline of 55 per cent over 2004,' he said in a suo moto statement placed on the table of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. As a result of reduction in terrorist violence, the number of tourists visiting the Valley had gone up to 533,211 in 2005 as against 303,109 in 2004. The famous Amarnath Yatra was completed peacefully with 388,000 pilgrims having ‘darshan’ of the ‘icelingam’ in the holy cave. 'The revival of tourism, along with the successful Amarnath Yatra, has given a boost to the economy of the State,' he said, adding that 'A yearning among the people for peace and normalcy, is also discernible'. Referring to the sudden spurt in violence including blasts using car-bombs or IEDs, suicide attacks and killing of a few political leaders in October and November, Mr Patil said the terrorists struck in October when the entire Government machinery was engaged in providing succour to the earthquake victims. The attacks during November 14-16 were to make their presence felt during the political transition in the State. 'The political changeover in the State has been usually accompanied by a spurt in violent incidents. A similar trend was seen when the previous Government had assumed office in November 2002,' he said. Reason for the escalation in demonstrative violence was that the militant outfits wished to prove that despite the recent earthquake, their striking capabilities and their resolve to terrorise stand undiminished. In this context, he said 'though the number of infiltrators has gone down due to the border fencing and effective counter infiltration measures, the infiltration continues in a calibrated manner. Funding of terrorist organisations from the other side of the border also continues.' Mr Patil said the Government was committed to its resolve to bring normalcy to the State of Jammu and Kashmir and pursuing a holistic, multi-pronged approach. In this context, he recalled the statement of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, made during his meeting with a Hurriyat Conference delegation, reaffirming his faith in the peaceful resolution of all issues pertaining to the State and stressing that violence had no role in democracy. 'The Government is determined to take all necessary action to contain the nefarious activities of terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir,' he asserted. (UNI)


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