Fact Check

Is it Time to Reduce Army Visibility in Kashmir?

STORY
Army visibility needs to be reduced across Kashmir, except along LoC

In an interview given by Major General Afsir Karim (Retd), it’s argued that with no worthwhile political initiative on the horizon, politicians have handed over the Kashmir problem to security forces. Karim argues that army presence should be reduced in Kashmir, with the exception of the LoC and its hinterland.

THE FACTS

With militants waging attacks against security forces and civilians, as well as firing by Pakistani forces, it’s perhaps not advisable to scale back the army’s presence in Kashmir. The recent cordon and combing operations in Shopian, following attacks on policemen and banks, is a case in point. J&K’s security involves not just the LoC but also the International Border (IB). Both J&K’s security and India’s national security depend on the armed forces present. They are coordinating with all relevant Central agencies and state police as it happens.

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