Developments in J & K- Are the separatists gaining ascendancy?


Ashok Bhan ,a serious Kashmir watcher expresses his concern over the developments in the Jammu and n beKashmir and particularly the valley. He feels in the context of J&K with two hostile neighbours including active border hostilities and infiltration of terrorists by Pakistan, there can only be a limited and phased ‘demilitarization’ of troops deployed on internal security duties in inhabited areas. While initiating such a withdrawal was possible between 2011 and 2014, in the changed security situation including stiff Pak stance in recent months, any such suggestion will not be acceptable to the security forces. Postponement of a decision on this emotive subject will further strengthen the hardliners and dampen the peace process.  Read More

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