Centre moves 10,000 more troops to J&K after Imran revelations
29 July 2019
The centre is moving 10,000 troops of the paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir in a move to boost the current security set-up in the state and to strengthen anti-terrorist operations.
The home ministry is reported to have issued orders for additional forces to be deployed to strengthen "counter insurgent grid" as well as maintain law and order in Kashmir.
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Dilbag Singh also said they have requisitioned for these troops for deployment in north Kashmir.
Meanwhile, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has returned from a two-day visit to Kashmir valley. Sources said he met senior officers and reviewed the law and order situation in the state that's still under the President's rule.
Sources say the troops are being airlifted from various parts of the country to Jammu and Kashmir.
"There are less troops in north Kashmir and that's why we need additional forces. 100 companies have been airlifted and that's what we had asked for," said Dilbag Singh. A company has around 100 troops each.
Recently, around 40,000 additional central paramilitary forces were brought in for Amarnath Yatra security.
On 24 February, around 100 companies of central paramilitary forces were airlifted and deployed in the valley. The government had said the troops were deployed for the Lok Sabha election held in April and May. It was followed by a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami and a major crackdown on its leaders and supporters in the state.
Dilbag Singh said any other motive attributed to the troop induction is only speculation.
However, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s admission in the US that around 40,000 terrorist are still in Pakistan might have added to the urgency of sending forces to J&K, which is under constant threat of Pakistan-based terrorists.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday made a startling revelation that his country still has about 30,000 to 40,000 militants “who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir.”
The Pakistani leader made these comments at the United States Institute of Peace during his three-day visit to the nation.
Khan also said that before his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government came into power, the governments did not have the “political will” to disarm militant groups operating on their soil.
“There was a watershed in Pakistani politics. In 2014, the Pakistani Taliban slaughtered 150 school children at Army Public School. All the political parties signed the National Action Plan and we all decided after that, that we will not allow any militant groups to operate inside Pakistan,” Khan said.
“Until we came into power, the governments did not have the political will, because when you talk about militant groups we still have about 30,000-40,000 armed people who have been trained and fought in some part of Afghanistan or Kashmir,” he revealed.