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Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 August, 2005, 15:11 GMT 16:11 UK
Pakistan 'failing on insurgents'
By Altaf Hussain
BBC News, Srinagar

Lt Gen SS Dhillon
Gen Dhillon says infiltration takes place close to Pakistani posts
India's army corps commander in the Kashmir Valley says Pakistan has failed to honour its commitment to stop militants crossing the Line of Control.

Lt Gen SS Dhillon told the BBC there had been more attempts to cross from Pakistan- to Indian-controlled Kashmir in July than in the past three years.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir but have been engaged in a peace process since early last year.

Gen Dhillon said the process had yet to bring any dividends to the valley.

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Gen Dhillon told the BBC in an interview that the sudden increase in infiltration attempts was a worrying trend but that the Indian army was ready to take care of it.

He said Pakistan had gone back on its assurance that its territory would not be used for militant activities against India.

"Infiltration cannot happen without the knowledge of Pakistani troops," Gen Dhillon said.

"This is not fair when we have been given an assurance that infiltration will not be permitted."

Ceasefire

Gen Dhillon acknowledged the Pakistani army no longer provided cover to infiltrators by firing across the Line of Control.

Indian soldiers in Kashmir
The peace dividend is yet to show, the general says

But he said the infiltration took place close to Pakistani posts.

Pakistan has consistently denied providing any material support to insurgents opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir.

Gen Dhillon said the 740km (460 mile) fence built by India to prevent infiltration had been a big help but said it was "not an obstacle that no one can cross".

The general praised the ceasefire than has been operating since November 2004.

"It is a ceasefire between two countries, between two armies, two responsible entities," he said.

"It has been holding for 20 months. It is not fragile."

However, he was less sanguine about the concrete benefits of the peace process.

"The peace process has not yet brought any dividends to the valley. People feel they should move towards peace. But peace will return only after the guns fall silent."




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