Elections Will Be Held In J&K On Schedule: Antony

22 July 2008

New Delhi: Government today said that elections in Jammu and Kashmir would be held in 'time' and any attempt by terrorists to disrupt the process would be dealt with firmly. 'Government and security forces have a single point agenda to ensure that elections in Jammu and Kashmir are held in peaceful and fair manner,' Defence Minister A K Antony said here in the backdrop of a sharp increase reported in infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control in the past three months. Antony's comments assume significance in the wake of recent spate of attacks on the security forces, including the major Improvised Explosive Device attack on Srinagar-Baramulla road that left nine army personnel dead. 'We have reports that more attempts would be made in the next few months in the run up to the elections,' the Defence Minister told newsmen on the sidelines of an army seminar here. 'No effort would be spared to defeat these attempts of anti-national forces,' Antony said. The troops have been asked to be pro-active, keeping in mind the human rights, he said.