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It may be a move to destablise India, Bangladesh with trained rebels - The Asian Age

Posted By Krishnakant Udavant (kkant@bom2.vsnl.net.in)
October 3, 1998

Title: It may be a move to destablise India, Bangladesh with trained rebels
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Publication: The Asian Age
Date: October 3, 1998

The biggest problem Kashmir is facing at present is the
infiltration of the Bangladeshis, the chief minister of Jammu and
Kashmir, Dr Farooq Abdullah, told reporters here on Friday.

"They come to the state, go across the border, and cross back. It
seems they are being trained in Pakistan.

"It is a matter of great concern for us as it could be a move to
destabilise India and Bangladesh," he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said, "I am going to warn
the Centre about this movement as I am sure there is much more
going on behind the scene.

The number of Bangladeshis we have captured in the past few
months is amazing. We cannot take it lightly."

The chief minister said the Bangladeshis came to the state
stealthily, went across the border, and crossed back.

Referring to the status of Kashmir, Dr Abdullah said the state
was visibly going back to normalcy though a lot more needed to be
done and the resources were very limited.

"The state draws its revenue from the tourism department which is
still in a ram shackle state. Though we have controlled the
terrorist activities, we have to go long way to rebuild all that
we have lost in the past six to seven years."

This year the state had about 1.5 lakh tourists, of which a lakh
were foreigners. Regarding the Taliban, Dr Abdullah said, "We
cannot negate their presence in our neighbourhood. The militant
forces are being used by Pakistan to create disturbance in the
valley. I hope some sense prevails on the Afghanis and they see
through the entire ploy."

The chief minister said "I also plan to take out army and
paramilitary forces from the civilian areas to the border. Till
the Centre assists us liberally, we will not be able to manage on
our own."

Dr Abdullah appreciated the contributions made by former Prime
Ministers H.D. Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujral. "Though the present
government is also cooperative, it is saddled with its own
problems," he said.

About the Chinese proposal to open the road to Mansarovar, Dr
Abdullah said it would be a big help to the pilgrims as the
approach to Kailash, Mansarovar will be through a motorable road
instead of the tough terrain that they have to go through at
present.


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