January 2008 News

Alert In Jammu And Kashmir Due To Pakistan Situation

8 January 2008

Jammu: Security agencies in Jammu and Kashmir have been put on high alert following concern about the impact of the volatile situation in Pakistan, especially the possibility of an increase in terrorist infiltration. Officials of the Unified Headquarter (UHQ) - the apex body of security agencies in the state - Monday night discussed how the instability in Pakistan following former prime minister Benazir Bhutto's assassination Dec 27 and growing influence of jehadis in the country might lead to an increase in infiltration of terrorists. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, chief of the Indian Army's Northern Command Lt. Gen. H.S. Panag and Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Kuldeep Khoda attended the meeting. The chief minister said: 'The explosive situation in the neighbouring country calls for special attention with regard to intelligence generation and Line of Control (LoC) management to foil likely infiltration attempts.' It was revealed in the meeting that the level of violence in the state had come down significantly. As against 1,667 violent incidents during 2006, the year gone by saw 1,092. The year 2007 also saw increased political activity. Azad said as many as 2,480 public meetings and rallies were held in 2007 compared to 1,798 in 2006. However, there is 'no scope for complacency', he added.

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