Saturday, 23 March 2013

Army submits proposals to JK Govt
AFSPA withdrawal
200-300 militants waiting to infiltrate: Lt Gen Hooda

Arun Singh
Jammu, March 22: Core Commander of Army’s 16 Corps Lt General D S Hooda Friday said army had already submitted its recommendations on demand of withdrawal of AFSPA from J&K to the State government.  “We have submitted our report on the recommendations of repealing of AFSPA from the state to Jammu and Kashmir government in this regard and the State government will look into the recommendations before reaching to any conclusion,” Lt Gen Hooda said on the sideline of the inauguration of a railway ticket booking counter at Kishtwar. Ruling National Conference (NC) is constantly demanding revocation of AFSPA from the State in the ongoing Budget session of the Assembly while Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Jammu and Kashmir National Panther Party (JKNPP) are opposing it. Meanwhile, Lt Gen Hooda said around 200 to 300 militants were waiting across the Line of Control to infiltrate into Kashmir.

He said the Army was fully prepared to counter their attempts of infiltrating into Kashmir. “We have several intelligence inputs that nearly 200 to 300 militants are waiting to cross the LoC,” Lt Gen Hooda said. He said subsequently army personnel deployed along the LoC had been sounded alert and a strong vigil was being kept to thwart the attempts of the militants. “However this is an annual phenomenon of militants to enter on this side in the beginning of summer,” Lt Gen Hooda said. “Army is well-versed in handling militant threats across the State particularly in the Valley. All our operations against the militants are largely dependent on the inputs received from the intelligence and Army is very well efficient to crush their nefarious design against India and we have deployed additional troops in sensitive areas.”
Earlier, Lt Gen Hooda in presence of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Muhammad Saleem Chowdhary, Commander 9 Sector RR Kishtwar Brigadier Hatish Kholi, Commercial Manager Northern Railway Muhammad Yaqoob Ganie and other senior officials of the Army inaugurated the railway ticketing counter at Kishtwar helipad.

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