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Azad rules out immediate troops withdrawal from Kashmir(Lead: Azad)

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday ruled out an immediate troop withdrawal from the Valley citing an increase in violence during the past few months as the reason.

Srinagar, May 26 : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday ruled out an immediate troop withdrawal from the Valley citing an increase in violence during the past few months as the reason.

The time for the Army's return to barracks hasn't yet come with violence level on an increase from past two three months, Azad told reporters here on the sidelines of a press meet on conservation of Jhelum River.

"The question is whether the level of violence has really gone down. I submit that when our leaders raised this issue, which was in January-February-March, since then the level of violence has gone up," he said.

In the past two to three months, there have been 370 violent incidents in the Valley, in which 256 people have lost their lives, including 110 civilians and 146 militants, he said.

Azad further said that even he wants that the troops be pulled out.

It would be true with the Army as well, but as and when time comes and not at a time when militancy in the State needs to be curbed fully, he added.

"I don't want the forces to go back. And, should something go wrong after three or four months then I have to call three times the number of army men to control the situation," he said.

Kashmir is one of the world's most militarised regions with an estimated 500,000 troops deployed in the area under New Delhi's control. At least 3,000 troops were withdrawn last year from Jammu and Kashmir as the level of violence waned in the region.

There is a growing debate about the demilitarisation of the Valley that was initiated by People's Democratic Party (PDP) led by Mehbooba Mufti.

Almost two months earlier, PDP had even hinted to pull out of the Congress-led Jammu and Kashmir coalition Government that led to Prime Minister constituting a special committee to look into the issue and submit a report on it.

The expert panel headed by the Defence Secretary and constituting members from Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, the Armed Forces and the J and K Government would determine the possibility of troops withdrawal in the State.

ANI

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