‘Massive Troop Cut On Cards’15 January 2010
New Delhi: Government of India has decided to remove several thousand troops from Jammu and Kashmir and the troop cut is likely to begin this month, a report published in the Virginia-based influential Defence News said Friday. Quoting Defence Ministry sources in Delhi, the report said a “large number” of troops will be withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir in phases. However, it didn’t specify the number of troops to be withdrawn from the State. According to the report, an estimated 350,000 Indian troops are stationed in Jammu and Kashmir, along with 200,000 paramilitary forces. The troop reduction will begin this month, the report said, adding that the paramilitary forces there will take over from the troops. According to the report, Indian troop pullout from Jammu and Kashmir coincides with media reports that China has taken over some Indian territory along the Line of Actual Control that serves as a border between the two countries.