PC: LOC Remains Vulnerable

PC: LOC Remains Vulnerable

16 April 2012
Kashmir Observer


New Delhi: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that, while there had been a decline in the number of terrorist incidents and the number of casualties in 2011, the International Border and the Line of Control in Kashmir continued to remain vulnerable. 'Every week has witnessed attempts to infiltrate into India and new routes appear to have been opened via Nepal and Bangladesh,' he said in his opening statement at the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security convened by the Ministry of Home Affairs here. He recalled that he had cautioned, at the last conference, that there was no let-up in the attempts to strike terror whenever there was an opportunity. He referred to the two major terror attacks in the country in 2011 – the serial blasts in Mumbai in July and the blast near the Delhi High Court in September. 'Thankfully, the conspiracies behind the two incidents have been unravelled and many suspects have been arrested. The chilling facts are that the principal suspects in the two cases are Indian nationals; they operated across States; and many of them had no previous criminal record. I have to conclude, regretfully, that thanks to radicalisation, there are many Indian groups which have acquired the capacity to carry out terror attacks,' he said. Chidambaram emphasised that the State Governments were at the frontline of defending the internal security of the country. He said violence had declined in 2011, whether it as in the North-Eastern States, Jammu & Kashmir or the left-wing extremism (LWE)-affected States. 'However, I must caution you that behind these figures lies a more worrying narrative - which is the spread and the reach of some adversaries, and their success in augmenting their weaponry and their military capabilities. The target is the Indian State and, naturally, every constituent of the Indian State, and, in his offensive, the adversary does not recognise State borders. His organisation does not match States’ territorial jurisdictions. And he makes no distinction between the Central Government and the State Governments,' he said. The Home Minister said the success stories of 2011 were the dramatic improvement in the internal security situation in Jammu & Kashmir and in the North Eastern States. 'Two factors seem to have turned the situation around: firstly, the effectiveness of the security forces and, secondly, our ability to reach out to the adversaries and convince them that the Indian political system allows space for every shade of opinion and has the capacity to resolve differences through talks and other constitutional means,' he said. He noted that Jammu and Kashmir had a peaceful and splending summer and winter and record numbers of tourists and pilgrims. In the North Eastern States, nearly all major groups are in talks with the Government. 'I am, therefore, confident that 2012 will see further advancement in bringing peace and development to these States,' he said.