New Delhi: Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, said today easing of restrictions from Jammu and Kashmir depends on how Pakistan behaves, news reports said.
The state has been under partial lockdown since the first week of August after the center scrapped special status from Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two union territories.
“We would like to see all restrictions go, but it depends on how Pakistan behaves. It’s a stimulant and response situation. If Pakistan starts behaving, terrorists don’t intimidate and infiltrate, if Pakistan stops sending signals through its towers to operatives, then we can lift restrictions,” Mr. Doval said, news agency ANI reported.
Internet and phone lines remain snapped at parts of Kashmir valley, while communication lines are now open in Jammu region and Ladakh.
“92.5 percent of the geographical area of Jammu and Kashmir is free of restrictions,” said the National Security Advisor, who had been camping in the state for weeks to coordinate security deployment and monitor intelligence operations.
“There are Pakistani communication towers 20 km along the border, and they are trying to send messages. We heard intercepts that told their men ‘how so many apple trucks are moving, can’t you stop them? Should we send you bangles?’,” said Mr. Doval, referring to code words the terrorists use to request logistics and weapons from their handlers.
Four people, including a two-year-old girl, were injured after terrorists attacked the house of a fruit trader in Sopore for defying their warning to keep their shop shut. The police said the terrorists are trying to instil fear among people. Mr. Doval has asked the authorities to airlift the injured girl to Delhi’s AIIMS.
“We are determined to protect the life of Kashmiris from Pakistani terrorists even if we have to impose restrictions. Terror is the only instrument Pakistan has to create unrest,” said Mr. Doval.
“…230 Pakistani terrorists were spotted, some of them have infiltrated, some arrested,” he added.
He said out of the 199 police station areas in Jammu and Kashmir, restrictions are in place only at 10 places.
“No question arises of Army atrocities as only the state police and some central forces are handling public order. The Army is there to fight terrorists… I am totally convinced that majority of Kashmiris support the abrogation of article 370. They see greater opportunities, future, economic progress, and employment. Only a few miscreants are opposing it,” said Mr. Doval.