Kashmir Becoming Normal: Antony17 March 2010
Panaji: Defence Minister A K Antony Wednesday said that Kashmir was becoming normal with violence levels declining fast. “Kashmir is becoming normal. Violence is less. This situation cannot be tolerated by forces inimical to India,” Antony said at a press conference here following the commissioning of Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) ‘Vishwast’ at the Goa Shipyard. Antony said the peace process was on track in Kashmir and Pakistan was trying to push in more militants to sabotage returning normalcy. “The increasing incidents of infiltration were a result of Kashmir’s return to normalcy at galloping pace,” he said. Antony said 42 militant camps were present in Pakistani territory and the neighbouring country was not taking effective steps to dismantle the same. “42 militant camps in Pakistan are active. The country has not taken any serious step to destroy these camps,” he said. On the Indo-Pak dialogue process, Antony said that it was to India’s credit that “in spite of all these problems, the country was committed to exploring all options with Pakistan on the issue.” “However, I do not expect any miracles,” he said.