Wednesday, Dec 04, 2002
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Jammu & Kashmir
By Luv Puri
Speaking to reporters here today after meeting the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, at the latter's residence late this evening he said: "Jammu and Kashmir is a beautiful State but it is afflicted with the menace of terrorism. People here have suffered a lot in the last decade. Most of the victims are innocents.'' He emphasised the urgency for ending the prolonged tragedy of the people.
Paying tributes to the soldiers guarding the State, he said: "I went to the areas near the Line of Control and the International Border. The security personnel deployed over there are guarding the difficult terrain against heavy odds. The beautiful land has been ravaged by violence."
Calls on Governor
Robert Blackwill also called upon the Governor, G.C. Saxena at his residence here today. Official sources told The Hindu that in the meeting various issues of importance and the post-poll scenario were discussed. The Governor apprised the Ambassador of the present security scenario in the State.
Earlier, the Ambassador flew in a copter to the forward posts in the State near the Line of Control and the international border. He was given details of the infiltration levels from across the border in the last few months .
The authorities had prepared graphic details on the infiltration routes which the Pakistan-supported militants take while intruding into the Indian territory.
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