K Situation Not Normal: Antony

24 December 2009
Greater Kashmir

Hyderabad: The withdrawal of 30,000 troops from Jammu and Kashmir does not mean that the situation has become normal in the militancy-affected state, Defence Minister A K Antony said today. I dont claim that the situation has become normal (in J&K). As long as militant camps are operating across the border we have to be on alert, he told mediapersons after attending the passing out parade of Flying Officers at Dundigal Air Force Station near here. Criticising Pakistan, he said despite repeated requests from India, the neighbouring country has failed to take steps to curb infiltration. As long as the terror camps are running, the Army is determined to push back the infiltrators, the Minister said. Antony said two Army divisions, comprising around 30,000 troops, have been moved out of Kashmir after improvement in the security situation there. He said the decision to withdraw troops from J&K was taken by the armed forces and the Union Government did not impose any decision on them.