Militancy-related violence has reduced by over 50 per cent in Jammu and Kashmir and the Army’s role in the valley is diminishing, a senior officer of the force said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised by the Army in the Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey said criminal elements controlled from across the border and by enemies within the country are trying to instill fear among people by killing unarmed persons.
“All the parameters of violence in Kashmir have come down by over 50 per cent and the situation is very good with stability across the valley,” he said. Referring to the recent spurt in attacks in Srinagar and elsewhere in the valley, the GOC said such acts are criminal in nature.
“In the rare incidents surfacing these days, some criminal-minded people are killing unarmed security personnel or civilians…..These acts cannot even be termed terror incidents, but these are criminal, done by criminals who do not respect any religion,” he said.