Mufti says terrorist strikes in J&K on decline
7 August 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
Chennai: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said on Saturday that terrorist strikes in the state were on the 'decline' this year compared to last year. The attacks were definitely on the decline compared to last year. Though there were attacks, the number of such incidents was less, he told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Chennai. This was due to the change in the attitude of people, the revival of dialogue between India and Pakistan and a 'relatively calm atmosphere' on the Line of Control, he said. The infiltration of terrorists from Pakistan had also come down, though not completely stopped, he said. However, there were 'focussed' attacks this year, he said adding effective steps were needed to prevent recurrence of such incidents. He welcomed the UPA Government's decision to continue the dialogue process with Pakistan. 'There has been a continuation of policy initiated by the NDA Government'. He said his government was satisfied with the UPA regime at the Centre as it had announced a lot of measures, including a financial package, for the development of the state. Since he took over as the Chief Minister one year back, the situation had vastly improved and work on several projects had started, he said.