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Troop reduction in J&K decided by Unified Command: Congress

delhi Updated: Jul 14, 2009 21:16 IST

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Amidst demands of reduction of troops in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress today said that any decision regarding the security situation in the state is taken by the Unified Command in consultation with the state government.

"Decision regarding the security situation is taken by the Unified Command in consultation with the state
government," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, adding that security experts are consulted in any such decisions.

Asked about the functioning of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at a time when the separatists were posing a threat,
he said the party did not make judgement calls on its allies.

"I do not think there is any cause of alarm. The state is headed by an able leader. However, there are some
mischievous elements with whom you have to deal with," he said.

To a query whether the NC-Congress coalition had frittered away the goodwill which was witnessed during the
heavy turnout in the Assembly election, he said the coalition was "strong and stable".

"It is a continuous battle...Minute to minute. The nationalist forces have always triumphed. The government is on
top of the situation," he said, adding that the broader situation was stable.