Srinagar, Oct 6 (UNI) Rejecting immediate troops withdrawal from Jammu and Kashmir, Chief of the Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor today said the decision has to be taken by the political leadership of the country.
But, he said infiltration from across the border was still continuing and militancy related incidents occurring after brief peace in the valley. ''We want to restore total normalcy in the state,'' he added.
''We have been given the task by the Government of India in the state which we are doing to the best of our ability,'' General Kapoor, told a news conference at the battalion headquarters of 34 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) at Beerwah this aftenoon.
He said, ''we will be happy to go to barracks once the decision is taken by the political leadership. If tomorrow the Centre feels that situation has become peaceful, we will go to barracks,'' he added.
However, he said the infiltration attempts from across the border were still on.
General Kapoor lauding the troops of 34 RR, said nine infiltrators were killed in the Tangmarg area of north Kashmir recently, while three others were gunned down in the Tangdhar sector yesterday.
Two senior officers also laid down their lives and four other jawans were injured in these encounter, he said and added that ''I salute them''.
He said the level of violence sometimes goes down. There was near normalcy for about three to four weeks in the valley before a sudden spurt in violence again recently, he said.