Security Situation Has Improved, Governor Malik Says

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the situation in Kashmir is peaceful and there’s no threat to tourist in the valley. He insisted the security grid has torn apart the militant infrastructure and there will be no let up in the counter-insurgency operations.

“Under the rule of the present administration, the militant infrastructure established in the past ten years has suffered maximum damage,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC) on Wednesday. He said some people are being sent from outside to carry out attacks under pressure.

Tourists, Malik said not afraid of anything. “I received a call from a tourist in Gulmarg yesterday saying, some 20,000 tourists were present at the place and police were stopping them for some reason,” Malik said. “This means the tourists are arriving without any fear.”

On the prevailing security situation, Malik said there was a clear and significant decline in the recruitment of locals in militancy. “Youth are returning back to their families (from militancy) and protests after Friday prayers have vanished,” Malik said, insisting there is no stone pelting either. “You can judge yourself that there is a significant improvement in overall law and order situation.” He said the militant recruitments have come to a literal halt.

“People understand that this path (militancy) will take them to nowhere,” Malik said. “Three days ago, two youth returned back from the militancy fold.”

Governor Malik said militants are under pressure to attack the security forces. “Attacks (do) happen. But, we will deal with it very soon,” Malik asserted.

Asked about the intelligence sharing of Pakistan with India, Governor Malik said Islamabad is duty bound to do this. “It (information sharing) should happen. It is their duty,” Malik said. “But, it needs to be seen whether Pakistan is able to stop militant activities on its own soil. It remains to be seen how many attacks she would stop in her own backyard.”

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