November 2007 News

Infiltration on rise in J&K after Pak unrest: Army chief

23 November 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Chandigarh: Infiltration attempts into Jammu and Kashmir have increased in the wake of the recent political unrest in Pakistan, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor said today. 'The trend in infiltration from the other side has increased,' General Kapoor said when asked to give his assessment of the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir following the developments in Pakistan. He, however, said that the situation was under control. 'We want that stability should return to Pakistan,' he said, adding 'it is important that there should be peace in Pakistan.' The Army Chief was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a national conference on ‘Changing Dimensions of International Security Implications For India’, organised by the Punjab university as part of its Diamond Jubilee Year Celebrations here. On being asked about recent directions of frisking of senior Army and other Defence officers at the airport and other places, he said that the Centre would decide on this issue. Gen Kapoor stressed the importance of defending sea links of the country besides air strips in the present security scenario. 'Besides air strips, the defence of the sea links was important as most of our energy supplies come through them,’’ he said He said most of the conflicts in the world these days were centered around energy security. He also highlighted the importance of environmental security, security of information and humanitarian aspects. Gen Kapoor said unresolved boundary issues with India’s neighbouring countries, proxy war in the Jammu and Kashmir and the insurgency in the Northeast were the major challenges to Indian security. About the challenges before the Indian Army, he said the need for restructuring and rightsizing the force, adequate budgetary support for modernisation and adequate development of human resources were the major ones. The country needs security from non-military threats like socio-economic disparity, environmental degradation, growing population, AIDS, drug trafficking and energy scarcity, Gen Kapoor said today. 'Security is no longer defined as capabilities of the Armed forces or defending the borders. 'There are several aspects of security like environmental, AIDS and energy security which are going to be most important factors in the days to come,' the Army Chief said. 'Today there is a threat that terror strike may be engineered from any part,' he said, adding that attempts to acquire weapons of mass destructions were gaining momentum. The General said that the country required 'clarity of thought and vision' for its progress. About modernisation of the Army, he said it needed restructuring along with adequate budgetary support. Gen Kapoor said imposition of emergency in Pakistan would not affect the security of the country. He, however, said India looked forward to a stable Pakistan. 'We look forward to a stable Pakistan and hope the situation gets normal there as early as possible.' Regarding reports about the role of US troops on the Western border of Pakistan to fight pro-Taliban forces, he said it would not affect Indian security.


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