Pakistan frustrated, complete peace in valley: Governor

JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said that Indian forces were giving befitting response to Pakistan which was “frustrated” at its inability to push “infiltrators” into Kashmir.
“Our forces are responding appropriately to any provocation but the news does not come here. Pakistan is frustrated because it is not able to push infiltrators. It (Pakistan) was against the panchayat polls and is unhappy over their successful conclusion,” Malik told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
Speaking on the martyrdom of an army major and a soldier in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district on Friday, Malik said that such acts demonstrate Pakistan’s frustration.
“Frustrated Sallahuddin (chief of Hizbul Mujahideen) asked terrorists to do something but they failed, as the forces with the help of people, who are supporting us, foiled their plans. There is complete peace in the valley,” Malik said.
On the resignation of IAS officer Shah Faesal and his plan to join politics, Malik said it would have been good had Faesal continued in government service as he had taken the oath of service. However, he wished Faesal well, Malik said.
On rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the valley, Malik said the government is concerned about them, but did not elaborate any further.
Earlier in the day, the governor paid rich tributes to Swami Vivekananda on the Hindu monk’s 156th birth anniversary at a function organised by Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Charitable Hospital, Jammu.
The governor also inaugurated a new ENT block with an independent “eye and ENT operation theatre” in the hospital premises. —PTI