Kashmir Restrictions Can be Lifted If Pakistan Behaves – NSA Ajit Doval

Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval said easing restrictions from Jammu and Kashmir is directly proportionate to Pakistani actions. Jammu and Kashmir has been under the lockdown after New Delhi scrapped Article 370, ending the special status of the volatile region. 

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“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.

“92.5 per cent 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.

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Doval emphasized that Army presence in the Kashmir Valley was only limited to fighting terrorists, and police and central forces are there for handling public order.

Doval also informed that restrictions in the Valley were limited to only ten police station areas and hundred per cent of landline phones have been restored.

“Out of 199 police station areas in Jammu and Kashmir only 10 have prohibitory orders in place, rest have no restrictions. 100 per cent landline connections are operational in the state”, he said.

Ajit Doval also outlined that Pakistan is trying to create trouble in the Valley and over 200 Pakistani terrorists have been spotted. ‘Pakistan is trying to create trouble. 230 terrorists were spotted. Some of them have infiltered while some have been arrested”, Doval added.