Infiltration Continues: Def Ministry

Infiltration Continues: Def Ministry

1 June 2012
Rising Kashmir
Asem Mohiuddin

Srinagar: Admitting that infiltration still continues despite strengthening of counter infiltration measures, Defence Ministry has said army foiled 16 infiltration attempts in 2011 and killed 15 militants. “Army has killed 95 militants and arrested 35 militants in 2011. Army suffered 15 casualties during the year. The militant leadership was targeted and 21 militant leaders were killed,” defense ministry said in its annual report of 2011-12. It said even though the security grid at Line of Control has been strengthened with counter infiltration measures adopted, infiltration still continues. “In 2011, 16 infiltration bids were foiled and 15 militants killed. The anti infiltration infrastructure on LoC has been further strengthened but infiltration bids continue to take place,” the report discloses. However, it said despite prevailing normalcy in valley, the situation has the potential to turn upside down any time as Pakistan continues its proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir. “The security situation in J&K has been stable in 2011 with an overall reduction in violence. However, it has the potential to deteriorate at short notice. Pakistan’s support to the ongoing proxy war continues unabated,” the report reads, adding Pakistan would continue to make attempts to internationalize the Kashmir issue. The ministry said 56 ceasefire violations took place on LoC in 2011 compared to 57 in 2010. “The ceasefire on the borders is holding out with a few aberrations. The incidents of ceasefire violations are being taken up through established mechanism of DGMOs talks, local level flag meetings and hotlines,” it said. The ministry said that army also played a major role to provide security for the conducting of Amarnath yatra in 2011.