Separatists Undermining Democratic Process In JK: GOI

13 August 2014

New Delhi: Accusing separatists of trying to undermine the democratic process in Jammu and Kashmir at the behest of Pakistan, government of India has said the security situation in the state is 'stable but fragile.' 'Pakistan's support to the proxy war being waged in the state continues. The Pakistan-militants-separatists nexus continues its attempts to undermine the democratic process in the state,' the Union Defence Ministry said in its annual report released Wednesday. It said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is at crossroads and needs consolidation by synergized efforts of the security forces and the civil administration as the 'militant infrastructure across the border remains intact.' The report said the situation in Afghanistan requires 'close monitoring' and Army has been asked to remain vigilant to prevent any spillover of militants from there in view of the withdrawal of American troops from there. It also accused Pakistan of adopting 'selective approach' on tackling militancy, stating that there is a need for 'an environment free from terror and violence' for any dialogue to be meaningful. 'Militant camps exist in Pakistan and its selective approach in tackling these groups will not serve the interests of the region and Islamabad itself as these organizations pose a danger to its own internal security,' it said. 'India wishes to develop peaceful, friendly and cooperative ties with Pakistan. However, security concerns vis-a-vis Pakistan have remained due to continued activities of militant groups functioning from territories under its control. India has clearly indicated that we are willing to resolve all issues through a peaceful and bilateral dialogue process. However, for this dialogue to be meaningful, an environment free from terror and violence is needed,' it said. The report noted that during the DGMO-level talks in Pakistan held in December, Pakistan had expressed its commitment to ensuring ceasefire and peace and tranquility on the Line of Control. 'However, the existence of militants camps across the Indo-Pak border and the LoC and the continued infiltrations and incidents there demonstrate the challenges in this regard,' the Ministry said. The report said the number of ceasefire violations was relatively much higher in 2013 in comparison with the previous years but it has come down after the DGMO-level talks held in December 2013. The foreign secretaries of two countries are slated to meet on August 25 in Islamabad.