Sub: Kashmir valley- A brief overview of the security situation.
1. While it won’t be appropriate to say that the State of Jammu and Kashmir has recovered fully from the onslaught of two-decade old insurgency, it is a fact that the situation is far better now.
2. We have seen sporadic blasts in so called safest metros of the country and also in cities like New York and London. No place in the world is hundred-percent safe from the terror-threat; we need not state the obvious.
3. There was fall in militancy-related incidents in the state from 336 in 2010 to 179 this year up to November 15. It shows nearly 50 per cent dip. (Source- JK Police. For whole J&K State, 1.25 Crore people, 22 Districts).
4. Attacks directed against security forces too saw a dip from 69 cases in 2010 to 36 up to November this year (Source - PTI).
5. In Kashmir valley, District Budgam witnessed just 3 Incidents this year. Budgam is the District where Srinagar International Airport is located and where we suggest that INFOSYS campus can come up, with twin advantages of being within 10-Kms from the Srinagar city centre and even closer to the airport.
6. Meanwhile, according to a J&K Police census, 325 militants were currently present in J&K State. Of these, 119 were still active — the lowest number since militancy erupted in the State in 1989. While 168 were local militants, 134 were foreign nationals. A majority of the foreign terrorists were associated with LeT. Most of the terrorists currently operate in North Kashmir.
7. The ever-elusive figures on infiltration-attempts across the LoC does have a bearing on the terrorist activities in the peripheral areas but are of little consequence to the security of well-protected business and government establishments
8. Kashmir has the advantage of having a burgeoning English-speaking unemployed youth who can be a very useful human resource for the company.
9. The climate as well as the availability...