2011 most peaceful for J&K in the past two decades

It is believed that at present, peace prevails in J&K. In comparison to the same period in the past two decades the first five months of 2011 have turned out to be the most peaceful time for the people of Kashmir. This has come out from the assessments by the security establishment. As per the assessments until 31 May there has been a 50 percent decline in terrorist activities and insurgency. The need for this type of assessment was felt and made before the foreign secretary level talks between India and Pakistan. But in spite of that the security establishments are apprehensive and worried even now as the Amarnath Yatra is under way which witnessed large scale violence last summer. However, it is believed that the situation at all fronts has improved in one way or other. In the first four months of 2011, no terrorist entered India from Pakistan. The number of infiltration this year was 42 as compared to 100 last year. 30 terrorists have been killed so far while it was 100 for the same period last year. Violent incidents recorded in the first five months were 84 as compared to 200 last year. But the worrying figure was that last year 47 civilians were killed by the militants as compared to 120 by the security forces in action within these three months.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2011 on page no. 1

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