Minister: India Won't Send More Troops To Kashmir

Minister: India Won't Send More Troops To Kashmir

31 May 2010
AHN
Yamini Kaul

Pune: India has no plans to increase the presence of troops in Kashmir. India’s Defense Minister A.K. Antony said Monday that the government was not going to increase the deployment of armed forces in the Valley in the near future. Speaking of government plans for the border areas, the minister informed, “Now, we are developing infrastructure in the eastern sector as well as northern sector. At the same time, I will tell you that India is not an expansionist country. We don’t want an inch of land from any of our neighbors. But we will protect every inch of our India border.” Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the passing out parade of the National Defense Academy (NDA), Antony also responded to allegations that military officers had faked reports of intrusions across the border. “Government had a policy of zero tolerance on the issue of human rights violation in the state and there would be no cover-ups to shield the guilty,' he said. Talking about the infrastructure deficit in the northeastern region of the country, Antony assured that the government was committed to constructing more roads in the region. The minister also admitted that past governments had neglected the development of border areas and the present government was hell-bent at correcting the past mistakes. He said, “There was a concept that borders are not to be developed. That is an old concept. We have suffered a lot because of the old concept. We realized our mistake.”


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