December 2006 News

PoK still has terror camps: Antony

10 December 2006
The Hindu
Staff Reporter

Poonch: Defence Minister A.K. Antony said here on Sunday that though there had been a drop in infiltration along the Line of Control, terror- training camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir were still operational. Talking to reporters, he said India wanted cordial relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan, but terror infrastructure still existed across the LoC Mr. Antony's predecessor Pranab Mukherjee, during his visit to the State, had stated that there were 59 terror- training camps in PoK. On Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's four- point proposal to resolve the Kashmir issue, the Minister said: 'The proposal is nothing new. Therefore, there is no comment on it.' The Defence Ministry had taken serious note of the suicides among the Army personnel. The Army had undertaken series of activities to usher in development on the border. Mr. Antony inaugurated a military-civil model village at Khari Karmarra, a few meters away from the LoC . The village, which has a population of about 4,000 and comprises 400 houses, suffered immense damage in the last year earthquake. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad complimented the Army for taking up developmental activities in the border areas. Mr. Antony reviewed the security situation with senior Army commanders, including Chief of the Army Staff General J.J. Singh.

 

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