Signalling a positive outcome from the all-party delegation’s (ADP) Kashmir visit, Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh Friday said that there has been a change in perception among Kashmiris after the parliamentarians accessed the situation. He said that the situation in the Valley has significantly improved in the past few days and soon it will be under control.
“APD’s role during the Kashmir visit was to understand the situation and even in future the government will not take any further steps unless everyone is taken into confidence. We are engaging in dialogue with the locals, who for a long time have bore the brunt of the current unrest but now they are realising that peace and normalcy must be restored,” he said.
In a candid admission, the union home minister said that there has been significant rise in border infiltration in 2016, however, he added that the number of terrorist eliminated by the security forces has also increased. “In comparison to the previous government we have succeeded in strengthening our security forces and their confidence. As far as infiltration is concerned it has been prevalent in the past, though the number did drop in 2015, in the present year it has increased. But our security and paramilitary forces have equally matched such bid and have been successful enough in the elimination of terrorists,” Singh said.
As far as Kashmir was concerned, Singh said that Army will remain in the background and not engage in any direct action in the area. “If requested by the local administration (for assistance), Army will play its role as per the expectation of the District Administration,” he said.
On reports of increased army deployments in Kashmir, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, who accompanied the home minister, said that Army deployment was meant for tightening the border and not to resolve domestic issues. “Army does not act on internal matter unless requested by the local administration. Our mandate is to seal the border and foil the bid by the terrorist to infiltrate the region,” he said.