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Insurgency along border unabated: Army Chief
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 17
As India and Pakistan today announced resumption of the Composite Dialogue process through the Foreign Secretary-level talks, Chief of the Army Staff Gen J.J. Singh categorically said that the terror infrastructure in our neighbouring country was in tact and that anti-India activities continued unabated.

General Singh also noted that due to increased vigil along the Line of Control (LoC), terrorists were finding new routes to slip in through Rajasthan and also from Nepal and Bangladesh but the Army was taking effective steps. General Singh was addressing reporters following the conclusion of the Army Commanders’ conference here.

While admitting that the levels of insurgency as per past years had gone down, General Singh reiterated the charge against Pakistan and pointed to the continuing anti-India terrorism within the country.

According to the Army Chief, Army in J&K, after having won the confidence of the people, had brought down its own attrition rate and through a now well-established information network was carrying the battle into the terrorists’ raditional strongholds.

“We are winning the proxy war in J&K and the security duties in the north-eastern parts of the country, too, have benefited from similar strategies,” he said.

He said efforts of the security forces in the North-East, especially Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, had borne fruit, assisted by well-meaning civilian population averse to the prolonged insurgency. He, in a way, defended the Special Powers Act to the armed forces in the north-eastern states and said that the Army would like some protection from soldiers being dragged into court.

Apart from J&K and the North-East, the operational readiness and the training levels of the Army was the focus of discussions at the conference. There were also a discussion on ‘force restructuring through optimisation of manpower’ to formulate a suitable long- term policy.

As part of the conference, a conclave of former chiefs was also held on October 15 and 16 and was attended by retired Generals O.P. Malhotra, K.V. Krishna Rao, S.F. Rodrigues, V.N. Sharma, Shankar Roy Choudhury, V.P. Malik, S. Padmanabhan and N.C. Vij.



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