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Sealing of border impossible: Army
Advani, Farooq hold crucial meeting
Srinagar, October 4
Once again the Army authorities are said to have made it clear that it was impossible to seal the 1260-km border along Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated during a meeting of the Unified Headquarters here yesterday in which besides senior functionaries of the Army and security and intelligence agencies, the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, the Governor, Mr G.C. Saxena, and the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, participated. The issue of continued infiltration from across the border was raised.

Kashmiri Pandits meet minorities panel chief
New Delhi, October 4
A 13-member delegation of the Kashmiri Samiti, a representative body of Kashmiri Pandits in Delhi, led by President Sunil Shakhder, met the Chairperson of the National Commission of Minorities, Justice Mohammad Shamim, and expressed grief over attacks by fidayeen on the Legislative Assembly in Kashmir in which 30 civilians were killed.
Members of Kashmiri Samiti Delhi meet with full bench of National Commission of Minorities
Members of the Kashmiri Samiti, Delhi, meet with the full Bench of the National Commission of Minorities. — Photo by Mukesh Aggarwal


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Sealing of border impossible: Army
Advani, Farooq hold crucial meeting
Tribune News Service

Srinagar, October 4
Once again the Army authorities are said to have made it clear that it was impossible to seal the 1260-km border along Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated during a meeting of the Unified Headquarters here yesterday in which besides senior functionaries of the Army and security and intelligence agencies, the Union Home Minister, Mr L.K. Advani, the Governor, Mr G.C. Saxena, and the Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, participated.

The issue of continued infiltration from across the border was raised. The Chief Minister said there was need to deploy a mechanism which could reduce the level of infiltration. However, the Army authorities are said to have explained that the border with Pakistan was not as smooth in Jammu and Kashmir as it was in Punjab, where fencing had stopped infiltration.

Deep ravines, dense alpine forest belts and high mountain ranges had made the task difficult. The authorities informed the Union Home Minister that the rate of infiltration had come down sharply during the past two years. However, Mr Advani and Dr Abdullah told the Army commanders to submit a plan to the Centre on equipment that were required to improve counter-infiltration mechanism. A decision was taken to install censors along the LoC to monitor movement. Besides this, additional security pickets and barriers had to be raised at various focal points.

A senior state government functionary said there was need to make troops guarding the border accountable for infiltration. He said invariably the Army authorities dismissed the state agency reports on infiltration as “inflated and exaggerated”.

He said at one point the border authorities would blame the police and the state intelligence agencies for their failure to check infiltrators who used to travel on highway.

He said if infiltration was checked militancy could be crushed within “three to four months”. He favoured the state government’s stand that either India should destroy arms training camps and terrorist centres or force Islamabad to stop aiding militants.

The state functionary disclosed that New Delhi had assured the Chief Minister that diplomatic efforts were afoot to persuade the US Government and other nations to force Pakistan to stop encouraging cross-border terrorism. As part of this diplomatic move, video cassettes of Dr Abdullah’s emotional speech made in the state Assembly yesterday and pictures of the devastation caused by the militants in the legislature complex were being sent to members of the United Nations.

As a result of this exercise, the US and the British Governments have sided with India’s stand that terrorism could not be fought in compartments.Top

 

 

Kashmiri Pandits meet minorities panel chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 4
A 13-member delegation of the Kashmiri Samiti, a representative body of Kashmiri Pandits in Delhi, led by President Sunil Shakhder, met the Chairperson of the National Commission of Minorities (NCM), Justice Mohammad Shamim, and expressed grief over attacks by fidayeen on the Legislative Assembly in Kashmir in which 30 civilians were killed.

The Samiti said that relief and rehabilitation package was denied to Samiti members by the government. The Government of India should spell out what is the definition of relief and rehabilitation for Kashmiris, Samiti’s President told the Commission.

Mr Shakhder, also told the Commission that it had met Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr Farooq Abdullah several times on the plight of Kashmiris in Delhi and elsewhere in the country, but there has been no response from the Chief Minister.

In fact, more than 50,000 Kashmiri families have not been registered with the Delhi government and are denied basic facilities in the capital. The Samiti, which has been approaching various central organisations for several years now has sought the help of National Commission for Minorities to take up its issues with the Central government.

The Samiti demanded ban on terrorist/secessionist organisations operating in the valley, to expose Pan-Islamic designs of anti-India forces in the valley and probe into terrorism-related genocide of Kashmiri Micro-Minorities.

Fresh registration for Kashmiris, separate housing colony for them in Outer Delhi, hike in monthly cash relief from Rs 600 to Rs 1600, loans, a good place for Teh Bazaari with basic facilities like electricity and water, the Samiti demanded.

Chairperson, NCM Justice Shamim said, that the delegation had raised genuine problems and assured that their problems would be taken up with the Home Ministry through the Commission’s recommendations.Top

 

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