The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014 will have an impact in security situation in Indian Kashmir, a top Indian army commander has said.
New Delhi, Sept 14/Nationalturk – A top Indian army commander has admitted that withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014 will have an impact in security situation in Indian Kashmir.
“I think the American withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 will definitely have effect on the security situation in Indian Kashmir,” Indian Army’s Northern Command chief Lt General Sanjiv Chachra told a private Indian TV channel, NDTV.
He said as a professional army, they are keeping a tag of it. “We will, as the drawdown comes closer, be able to see impact much more clearly, but I am sure it will have impact on the militant situation in Indian Kashmir”.
Chachra said army is prepared for any exigency. “We are a professional army. We are taking into account all these inputs and in fact these are thought processes that are actually going into our thinking for the future, how we are going to plan and see how 2014 develops”.
It is for the first time that a top Indian army commander has admitted that withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan will have an impact on situation in Indian Kashmir
Army insurgency going on in Indian Kashmir from 1989
Armed insurgency has been going on in Indian Kashmir since 1989 when youth took to guns against Indian rule in the region. The separatists and civil society groups say over 0.1 million people have died in the violence so far. However, the government has been saying that only 40000 people have died in the over two decade long violence in the region.
India has been accusing Pakistan of waging proxy war in Indian Kashmir by providing arms training to militants to foment insurgency in the region. However, Pakistan has been denying the charge, saying it is only providing moral and diplomatic support to people of Kashmir in their ‘indigenous struggle’ for freedom from Indian rule.
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