Azad hopeful of Pak help to curb infiltration

12 May 2008

Srinagar: As the state witnesses infiltration bids from across the border, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said he was concerned over the issue and hoped that the new government in Pakistan would cooperate with India to resolve it. 'The infiltration of militants from across the border, especially during the past two months, is a concern,' Azad told British High Commissioner Sir Richard Stagg at a breakfast meeting here. He also expressed hope that the new government in Pakistan would cooperate with India in checking infiltration and taking forward the peace process. Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Islamabad later this month would give further impetus to the peace process, he said. The chief minister informed Stagg that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was almost normal with political activities and development work going on in full swing. He said the past two years had been the best in the state in terms of the number of killings and violent incidents. He also said that human rights violations had been brought down to a negligible figure while no custodial disappearance had been reported during the last year and the current year in the state.