[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Monday, 29 October 2007, 08:29 GMT
Kashmir soldiers told to move out
Indian soldier, Dal lake, Kashmir, April 16, 2007

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have been told to move out of schools and hospitals which they have occupied in the region.

A meeting attended by federal defence minister AK Antony decided that the forces have to move out by 30 November.

Many schools, health centres, and government buildings have been occupied by security forces since the outbreak of armed conflict on the late 1980s.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over Kashmir.

Security forces have also been told to vacate a health resort in Kukernag in southern Kashmir, and a club in the capital, Srinagar.

The federal defence ministry has, however, not agreed to withdraw troops from private lands and orchards which they are occupying.

Mr Antony said the government would consider revising rent for these lands.

Little progress

The second largest party in the ruling coalition in Kashmir, the People's Democratic Party, has been demanding withdrawal of Indian army from internal security duties and its replacement by the local police.

The federal government has ruled out any reduction in the number of troops for now.

The issue has soured relations between the coalition partners, at times threatening the stability of the state government itself, says the BBC's Altaf Hussain in Sringar.

Since a 2003 ceasefire, India and Pakistan have been holding regular peace talks.

But they have made little progress over the Kashmir dispute.

Death sentence for Indian soldier
02 Mar 07 |  South Asia
Indian army's biggest enemy - stress
14 Dec 06 |  South Asia
Indian soldier 'shoots himself'
18 Dec 06 |  South Asia
Indian soldier turns on colleagues
11 Feb 02 |  South Asia
Indian soldier slays five colleagues
10 Sep 01 |  South Asia
Kashmir soldier kills colleagues
18 Mar 00 |  South Asia

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific