Troop reductions in Kashmir
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced troop reductions in Jammu & Kashmir ahead of his visit, scheduled for next week.
“In recognition of the improvement in the situation in the state, the Government has decided to reduce the deployment of troops this winter,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister, however, made it clear that “if the levels of infiltration and terrorist violence increase, more troops as necessary will be redeployed.”
“We cannot, however, afford to relax our vigil. We are aware that infiltration attempts from across the border and the LoC continue and the infrastructure of terrorism in the shape of training camps and launching bases remain intact.
“The decision to reduce the deployment of troops would therefore be kept under constant review,” Singh said. [HT]
Even as the announcement came, security forces are battling terrorists who attacked their camp on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar.