Asserting that Kashmir was an integral part of India, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that Lashkar-e-Toiba founder Hafiz Saeed was behind the stepped up infiltration attempts by terrorists from across the border.

“Kashmir is ours and there will be no third party intervention on it,” he told media persons at Samba.

It was a bilateral issue and both India and Pakistan can hold discussion to resolve it, he added.

To a question, he admitted having information about Hafiz Saeed’s recent visit on Pakistan side of the border. “He was behind stepped up infiltration attempts from across the border,” Shinde said.

Expressing concern over the spurt in infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir during the current year, Shinde said that he had discussed the issue with senior BSF officials. “Looking at last year’s figures, infiltration this year has increased,” the Home Minister said.

Earlier, addressing the BSF troops at Samba, Shinde appreciated their valour and dedication towards their duty. “You fight for us, you fight for the nation and the entire country is behind you,” he said.

Assuring government’s full support to the jawans, Shinde announced that Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) have been granted the status of ex-servicemen like their counterparts in defence services. “The Centre is considering extending some more benefits to CAPF personnel,” he maintained.

Shinde also visited the ARmy camps at Maheshar and the Hiranagar police station which was stormed by terrorists last month. He, however, did not go to forward areas in view of Pakistani firing from across the International border for the last many days.

source: Indianexpress