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Forces ready to counter attacks: Govt
Published on 24 Jan. 2010 12:20 AM IST
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Defence Minister A.K. Antony Saturday warned of more terrorist attacks and infiltration bids along the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, but said the armed forces were prepared to counter these threats. “In the last two months, the attempts to infiltrate into Kashmir have increased. The trend will continue as those inimical to our country see that the situation in Kashmir is improving and they cannot tolerate it,” Antony told reporters here. “India has to be ready for more attempts at infiltration and terrorist attacks, and we assure that the armed forces will take every step to counter them,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of a function organised by the India chapter of an NGO, Transparency International. The defence minister visited Kashmir earlier this month to assess the security situation in the valley. During his visit, Antony said that the local police would be given more responsibility for law and order but after reviewing the security situation. Last year, the armed forces withdrew nearly 30,000 troops from Jammu and Kashmir.

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