May 2007 News

Azad meets Central leaders

30 May 2007
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: With alliance partners Congress and PDP having taken divergent stands on troop cut in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is here meeting senior Central leaders apprising them about the militancy situation in the State. Azad met the Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil for an hour and discussed the situation in the State and the rise in infiltration activities from across the border, a figure according to the security agencies, has doubled from January to April compared to the corresponding period last year. The Chief Minister shared the recent minutes of the meetings of the Unified Headquarters chaired by him with the Home Minister. Security agencies had warned that there could a spurt in militant activities in the State in view of the increase in political activities by both mainstream politicians and separatists, official sources said. The Chief Minister informed Patil that 12 infiltration attempts have been made in this month alone. Azad also discussed the arrangements being made for the forthcoming annual Amarnath yatra, for which the registration is scheduled to begin soon. The State would require additional forces for smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage, the sources said.

 

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