Infiltration Bids From Pak Still On: Army Chief Email this page
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New Delhi, Nov. 22 (NNN): On the eve of Pakistan Premier Shaukat Azizís trip to India, Army Chief N C Vij has said that infiltration attempts from across the border from Pakistan are still on.
The Army Chief said it was only because of the fencing on the Line of Control and the efforts of the Indian Army that infiltration has gone down.

The Chief also claimed that de-induction of Army troops in the Valley was being done after making sure that the security forces would continue to have an edge over the militants and infiltrators.

His statements come a day before Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz arrives in India.

Shaukat Aziz is arriving in India on Tuesday as the chairman of SAARC.

The Kashmir issue, gas pipeline and the Indus Water Treaty are top of the agenda for Shaukat Aziz when he visits New Delhi on Tuesday.

Aziz may be Pakistan's top technocrat credited with turning around the economy but ahead of his visit to India, Aziz is having to practice some serious diplomacy.

In Colombo he made all the right noises about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's move to withdraw troops from Kashmir.

"We welcome any reduction of tensions in the region. We hope that this process will continue particularly in the urban areas where there is a large concentration of troops," said Aziz.

Many see this as an attempt to lower the pitch after Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's Saturday statements that accused India of inflexibility on the issue of Kashmir.

Aziz has always looked up to Manmohan Singh as his economic guru and insists he wants to build on the chemistry between Singh and Musharraf in New York.

According to Pakistani officials, the following is likely to dominate Aziz's agenda. He may not push a formal Kashmir proposal on the lines of Musharraf's speech but is hoping to make it a debating point.

Look at diplomatic options on the Baghlihar Hydropower project, which Islamabad insists goes against the Indus Water Treaty.

Discuss trade and the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline. Pakistan has set the stage for progress by adding 81 more categories of goods to a list of 768 goods to be imported from India.

Meet Hurriyat leaders the evening before the meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and seek some commitment on starting the Srinagar-Muzzafarabad bus service.

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