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'Security forces working with larger degree of freedom in JK'

Jammu and Kashmir will be back on track soon as the security forces are now acting more professionally with a larger degree of freedom, Union minister Jitendra Singh said on Sunday. Tension prevailed in the Valley as six policemen died in terror attack in South Kashmir in the first week of May. Six civilians also lost their lives during the same period.

"By the next couple of weeks, Jammu and Kashmir would be back on track. There have been such (disturbing) incidents in the past one or two days. But there is a noticeable difference ...the paramilitary forces are now acting more professionally with larger degree of freedom," Singh told reporters here. The MoS, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu region, said, "I am sure that sooner rather than later, things will return to normalcy and the state will start moving ahead like the rest of the country."

The BJP leader also condemned Pakistan for unleashing "the most inhuman oppression" on the people of the Gilgit- Baltistan region.

"The manner in which Pakistan is seeking to suppress its own subjects is also an eye-opener for the entire world, and clearly establishes that Pakistan has emerged as the gravest form of human rights violator in this part of the globe, particularly in the Indian sub-continent," he said.

Singh said the suppression of people was not limited to places like Gilgit-Baltistan and PoK, which are under Pakistan's illegal control, but also witnessed in its legally occupied territories like Balochistan.

"When the neighbourhood is on fire, it is the responsibility of our government and its security agencies to ensure that these developments do not have a negative ramification in the region," the minister added.

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