Army has brought down terrorism in J&K: Pranab
Mukherjee said, "No evidence is available to suggest that Pakistan has taken measures to completely dismantle the terrorist infrastructure.india Updated: May 17, 2006 21:17 IST
Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday praised the Indian Army for bringing down terrorism levels in Jammu and Kashmir, even though infiltration attempts from across the border were continuing.
"The decline in terrorism in the (Kashmir) Valley is on account of sustained efforts by Indian Army and paramilitary forces," he said while addressing the Unified Commanders' Conference in New Delhi.
"Though terrorism from across the border continues to strike at regular intervals, and across the length and breadth of the country, (but) the overall situation is more positive than a year ago".
Pointing out that infiltration attempts from across the border were continuing and the camps used for supporting terrorism were still in place, Mukherjee said, "No evidence is available to suggest that Pakistan has taken measures to completely dismantle the terrorist infrastructure within Pakistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
"Therefore, while it is necessary that we continue with all sincerity our dialogue process, we cannot afford to become complacent in this regard", the minister said.
On China, Mukherjee said developing friendly cooperation with Beijing was one of the priorities of India's foreign policy.
"We seek friendly, cooperative, good neighbourly and mutually beneficial relations with China. At the same time, we are also seeking to address our differences, including the border issue, through peaceful dialogue, without allowing them to affect the comprehensive development of our relationship," he said.
The minister said the security concerns of Indians working in Afghanistan were being addressed in consultation with the country's government.
On Nepal, he said the situation there had shown a positive turn after a long time with the return of democracy.
According to the minister, there was a need to constantly monitor the situation in Bangladesh and Myanmar to deter terrorists who have easy access into India through these countries.
On Sri Lanka, he said that the situation there continued to draw international attention with increasing levels of conflict between Tamil Tiger rebels and the security forces.