Army Chief Rules Out Troop Cut In Kashmir14 January 2010
New Delhi: Implicitly ruling out a troop cut in Jammu and Kashmir in the near future, the army chief, General Deepak Kapoor today said that the present level of forces in the state was sufficient to maintain peace. At an annual conference in New Delhi ahead of the Army Day, Gen Kapoor, who recently visited the state along with the defence minister, said that cross-border infiltration was a major factor in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and had an important role in disrupting peace and order in the state. “Cross-border infiltration is a constant threat to peace in Kashmir, and nearly 700 militants are poised to cross the LoC from the other side at present,” the army chief said. He said that infiltration, which had seen an overall decline in 2009, had witnessed an alarming spurt in the past four months “The terror infrastructure in active across the LoC, and is neither being dismantled nor curbed. This is the reason that armed militants from Pakistan controlled Kashmir are engaged in infiltrating to this side,” he said.