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LoC ceasefire holding well but Pak’s support to terror remains: Army Chief

NEW DELHI: The ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir is holding up well and there is remarkable reduction in violence but Pakistan continues to support terrorism in the region, Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said on Thursday.

He also said that the situation along the frontier with China is “stable” but “unpredictable” and Indian troops are adequately deployed to deal with any contingency.

Referring to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he said the ceasefire understanding that was agreed to in February 2021 is holding well.

“The ceasefire has held well on the Pakistan border but the neighbour’s support to terror infrastructure and terror groups was still persistent. There is a marked reduction in the parameters of violence. Hence. we have to remain alert,” he said at a press conference ahead of the Army Day.

Gen Pande also said that the troops deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have been able to maintain a robust posture to defeat any evil design of the adversary with a firm and resolute manner.

The situation is stable and under control, but unpredictable. Gen Pande said, adding adequate deployment of troops have been made along the LAC to deal with any challenge.

Army Chief said there was a significant decline in infiltration level in J & K 2022 as 18 infiltrators were killed in 12 attempts from across the fence. He also said that army and BSF have procured drone jammers to foil the bids of “adversary” to air-droop weapons and drugs along the IB in Jammu region even though enemy are preferring.

“Our troops have been able to maintain a robust posture,” he said.

The Army chief said both sides have been able to resolve five of the seven issues that were on the table.

“We continue to talk both at the military and diplomatic levels,” he said.

The Chief of Army Staff also said that a proposal for induction of women personnel into artillery units has been sent to the government.

He said that the army’s counter infiltration grid is strong even though the enemy is now preferring other routes that includes Peer Panchal, Jammu and International Border to push in infiltrators and air-drop weapons etc.

Regarding drone challenges, he said that the army has procured drone jammers and other equipment to counter the air-dropping of weapons, ammunition and drugs. “The efficacy of such equipment is great,” he added.


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