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43% Drop in Terrorist Infiltration from Pakistan Since Balakot Strikes, Home Ministry Tells Lok Sabha

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was responding to a question on whether cross-border infiltration had abated after the Indian Air Force carried out strikes on terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan in February this year.

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Updated:July 9, 2019, 4:28 PM IST
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New Delhi: The security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved on multiple fronts and the net infiltration from across the border has reduced by 43 per cent after a strike was carried out on terror camps in Pakistan, the home ministry claimed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was responding to a question on whether cross-border infiltration had abated after the Indian Air Force carried out strikes on terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan in February this year.

"Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent," he said.

The minister said the central government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration.

Rai said the government of India in tandem with the state government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which include multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping security forces with improved technological weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators.

In response to another question, MoS Home G Kishan Reddy said local recruitment figures for terrorists in the strife-torn Kashmir Valley had gone down by 40%, while 22% more terrorists are being neutralised now compared to the previous year.

"Terrorist-initiated incidents saw a decline of 28%, net infiltration reduced by 43%, and local recruitment declined by 40%. Neutralisation of terrorists has increased by 22%," Reddy said.

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