Kashmir situation not as bad as it was made out to be

Srinagar

Senior BJP leader and union defefnce minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said the BJP government had taken enough steps to ease tension with Pakistan but Islamabad responded with “cross-border terrorism” to prevent the atmosphere needed for peace talks”.

The Minister said the Indian armed forces, which include the Army and the BSF, have been “dominating the LoC”– the de facto border with Pakistan — for the “past few weeks to curb the cross-border militant incursion.”

Jaitley refused to get into details about how the government planned to control escalating militancy in Kashmir.

“I don’t want to get into the strategic details but in the past few weeks our armed forces are dominating the LoC. Our security forces have been maintaining control over the situation.”

Asked about the situation in the Kashmir Valley, the Minister said it was not as bad as it was made out to be.

“Go and see for yourself. Some south Kashmir districts were a challenge. The other parts of the valley, including Srinagar, are normal.”

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