India accuses Pakistan of dichotomous policy on terror


New Delhi : Indian Army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor Monday said Pakistan was following a “dichotomous policy” on terror and its support to the heightened terrorist activities in the Kashmir valley cannot be ruled out.

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“I find it rather odd that on the one hand Pakistan would like to fight terror, and therefore, it is moving troops to fight them. But on the other hand, it is perpetuating terror by sending infiltrators into Kashmir. I think they are following a dichotomous policy,” Kapoor said on the sidelines of a function here.

The remarks come a day after Defence Minister A.K. Antony expressed concern over the increasing infiltration bids across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Kapoor said: “Given the kind of sophisticated equipment and the kind of communications facilities available (to the infiltrators), the possibility of a certain amount of support to them by (Pakistani) institutions cannot be ruled out.”

He also saw the infiltration attempts increasing during summer.

“You see heightened activity and heightened attempts to try to get as many people in before the winter comes, snow falls and the passes close.

“Pakistan will use any and every opportunity to raise Kashmir (issue) whenever they get a chance (at international forums). So, I see the increase in infiltration in that context,” Kapoor added.

The army chief said that the situation in Kashmir has been “far too peaceful”, much to the chagrin of the terrorists and hence the increased infiltration bids.

“They find things have gone far too peaceful. The Amarnath Yatra has passed off peacefully…perhaps they don’t wish for this prolonged peace and stability,” he added.

Three separatist guerrillas were killed in a gunfight in a thickly forested area of north Kashmir Friday. The army has been involved in massive combing operations along the LoC in Kupwara district in Kashmir in the last week during which six guerrillas were gunned down and three infiltration bids foiled.