'Inefficient' Pakistan cannot harm Kashmir: Rajnath

"We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS", he said, announcing the arrest of over 90 ISIS sympathisers across the country over the last three years. In the period between 2011-2013, 239 militants had been neutralised and we assure to solve the Kashmir problem by taking the people in confidence.

On the possibility of initiating dialogue with Kashmiri separatists, Singh said he has been advocating talks with all concerned ever since he took charge as Home Minister three years ago. "I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large population (of Muslims), the ISIS has not been able to set foot", he said.

"From the beginning, I have been saying that we are ready for talks". We are moving ahead in that direction and this government wants to arrive at a solution through talks.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday that following the surgical strike in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir by India, infiltration of terrorists across the border has gone down by 45 per cent compared to the previous six months, media reports said. "Despite having that large a Muslim population, the IS has failed to spread its wings here", Singh said at a press conference here. Singh said ISIS and Ansar Ul Ammah have been included in the list of terrorist organisations.

The 65-year-old home minister also said that there was a 45 per cent decline in infiltration attempts by Pakistan following the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across the Line of Control (LoC) in September 2016.

In the three years of the UPA regime (2011-14), he said, over 1,900 youths were provided skill training and jobs were offered to 1,591.

"There has been considerable progress in Jammu and Kashmir situation. We will control it and bring back normalcy", he said.

The home minister said that Naxal attacks in the country had seen a 25 percent decline between 2014 and 2017 and a 42 per cent decrease in deaths due to Maoist attacks in the last three years of the NDA government.

Over 2,000 mobile towers were installed and work for the installation of another 2,882 towers was in progress.

"We are expediting the process of infrastructure development in LWE areas".

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  • Arturo Norris