Congress Steers Clear Of Govt Announcement On Troop Cut In J&K15 January 2011
New Delhi: Congress today steered clear of the government's announcment on troop reduction in Jammu and Kashmir saying it would be better if political parties did not give their views on the matter. 'It is a matter between the Union home ministry, defence ministry and the state government and it will be better that political parties do not give their views on it', party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters. His comments came in the backdrop of reports which suggested that army chief VK Singh was countering union home secretary on the matter. While home secretary GK Pillai yesterday hinted at a 25% reduction in security forces' strength in Jammu and Kashmir, army chief General VK Singh said they do not not feel the need to 'cut down' their forces in the state. However, the army chief today clarified that he was talking about the Army personnel while home secretary GK Pillai was referring to the paramilitary forces. 'I think there was some confusion,' he said.