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Centre Formulating Four-Pronged Strategy for Jammu and Kashmir: Advani

24th June 1998

SRINAGAR: The Centre is formulating a four-pronged strategy, including a pro-active response to foil militants' plans, to firmly deal with insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir and put the state back on the path of development, Union home minister L.K. Advani said here today. The new strategy rests on four pillars (a) strenghthen democratic process in the state (b) isolate militant groups from the people (c) pro-active response to effectively neutralise the militants hostile plans and (d) galvanise developmental programmes to impart momentum to the state's economy, Advani told the first-ever inter-ministerial meeting of the Centre and the state government here.

The meeting, attended by Union ministers George Fernandes, Madan Lal Khurana, P.R. Kumaramangalam, Nitish Kumar, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdulah and high-ranking central and state officials, was convened to review the security situation in the state and its economic development. "The situation in the state is no doubt the most critical internal security issue before the Centre whose first priority would be to meet the challenges of militancy and secessionism," he said, reports PTI.


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