Troops Have To Stay In J-K, Says Army Chief
17 August 2007
The Indian Express
Bangalore: Army Chief Gen J J Singh on Friday justified the continued presence of troops in Jammu and Kashmir saying terrorism, infiltration by militants and an unresolved border dispute demanded such a strategy. Addressing a press conference after inspecting the armed version of the home-grown advanced light helicopter Dhruv, he said troops have to be deployed in Jammu and Kashmir as the border issue with Pakistan remains unresolved. 'Time has not come for such a situation (the demilitarisation of Jammu and Kashmir),' he said. 'When there is evidence of terrorism and infiltration, and with...armed infiltrators entering (the state)...no country can allow this to happen,' Singh said. The troops in Kashmir are required for guarding the border and for counter-infiltration operations, he noted. 'We are constitutionally obliged to ensure law and order in the state,' he said, adding the Army has been requested to deploy its troops in the hinterland of Kashmir to ensure law and order and to provide security. 'Personally, I think this is a litmus test for the Army,' he said.