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PM links J&K troop presence with terror

Manmohan also stresses the Govt's resolve to minimise human rights violations and harassment of Kashmiris.

delhi Updated: Apr 24, 2007 14:00 IST

Maintaining that security forces were playing an important role in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday linked their deployment pattern to the extent of terrorism.

Inaugurating the third round table conference on Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, he said the government was committed to ensure that terrorism as well as human rights violations and "undue harassment" of people was "minimised."

Talking about his vision of a "naya (new) Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh" which is symbolised by peace, prosperity and people's power" he said terrorism has left "deep scars" on the minds of people and "it is our effort to apply a soothing balm on these scars and make a new beginning.

Addressing the conclave boycotted by separtist groups, the Prime Minister said the vision of Jammu and Kashmir was embodied in a broader vision for India and South Asia, which is importantly linked to a "reconciliation with Pakistan" and a "harmonious neighbourhood".

Favouring a South Asia "free from fear of war, want and exploitation", Singh said "for this it is essential to resolve our differences and overcome the trust deficit that has cast a shadow on our relations. I and our government remain deeply committed to do everything necessary and possible to realise this vision."

Noting that the round table process was part of our effort to improve quality of life of people, he said "there are difficulties. There are acts of terrorism which derail our efforts towards restoring normalcy. There are concerns about human rights violations and undue harassment of people at large. We are committed to see that these are minimised."

Recognising the "important role" being played by security forces in maintaining peace in J&K and providing a sense of security to the common man, he said "every possible action would be taken to see that the deployment of security forces in directly related to the scale of problems on the ground which they are required to tackle."

First Published: Apr 24, 2007 13:35 IST