Army Chief reviews security situation in J&K

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    Army Chief reviews security situation in J&K

    In the backdrop of Centre’s decision to withdraw 10,000 paramilitary personnel from Jammu and Kashmir, Army Chief General V K Singh today met senior officers at Udhampur-based Northern Command which looks after the operational area of the State.

    The Army Chief, who came here on a two-day visit this morning, held a meeting with top army personnel.

    Mr. Singh also reviewed the security situation, counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration measures in the State.

    Meanwhile, Lt Gen A K Choudhary, Commander of 9 Corps, told reporters in Yol Camp in Himachal Pradesh today that there is a need to take a holistic view on reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir.

    Based on this holistic policy, troops reduction would be assessed and decided by Unified Headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir, he said.

    The Centre plans to withdraw nearly 10,000 paramilitary personnel from Jammu and Kashmir this year as it feels that the State can do with less central forces.

    The Army Chief had earlier said that a decision on troop reduction will be taken by Unified Headquarter, the highest security assessment panel in the State.

    The Army Chief also visited the cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi along with his wife Bharti Singh.
     
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    Fall in militants' presence in J&K: Army

    The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has come to a "satisfactory" level and the number of militants operating in the state has fallen by half in the past few years, the Army said on Tuesday. "The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has come to a satisfactory level. The number of militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir has decreased to 400 from 800-900 in the past few years," General Officer Commanding (GOC), 9 Corps, Lieutenant General A K Choudhary told reporters here.

    He said that infiltration is down.

    "Infiltration attempts and number of militants entering J&K has come down," Choudhary said.

    He said that several measures including three tier fencing have been put in place to check cross-border infiltration.

    To a question about troops withdrawal in J-K, he said that there is a need to take a holistic view on the issue.

    The Unified Headquarter -- the highest security assessment panel in J&K -- will assess and take a decision in this regard, he said.

    "When the security environment improves further, there should be less visibility of forces," he said.

    Referring to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, he said recently three such violations have been reported along the Indo-Pak border.

    "The BSF has done a commendable job by thwarting attempts of militants to infiltrate to this side from Pakistan," he said.
     

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