New Delhi, Dec 19: Incidents of militant attacks have decreased in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country in 2017, and four reasons have played a key role, the union ministry of home affairs said on Tuesday.
The factors are demonetisation, NIA investigation, killing of top militants and the efforts by Kashmir interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, it said.
The revelation comes after the year saw a spike in killings of wanted militants by security forces in the Valley and concerted efforts to repel infiltration bids at the border. Several top-ranking LeT and JeM terrorists like Abu Dujana, Wasim Shah and Shahid Showkat were killed in encounters.
The Centre had also appointed a new interlocutor, former IB chief Dineshwar Sharma to reach out to the separatists and the youth to kickstart a dialogue.
After his appointment, Sharma has made at least three visits to the state.
“Efforts have been made by Sharma to reach out to different stakeholders. We will work in a coordinated manner to ensure that peace is restored in the valley,” a senior central government official had said, requesting anonymity.
However, the Hurriyat Conference and other separatist leaders are yet to join the dialogue process.