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‘Have a history of bitter experiences’: Indian Army says no proposal of thinning of troops along LoC

Stating that it has “a history of bitter experiences with Pakistan”, the Indian Army said on Thursday that “there is no proposal of thinning of troops along Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir”.

The Indian Army, however, said in a statement that they are hopeful that Pakistan would end support to cross border militancy.

“Our endeavor is to achieve peace and stability which is beneficial for the region and especially for the population residing along the LoC, this is an attempt to bring the violence levels down,” the Indian Army said.

India and Pakistan have reached understanding to implement ceasefire reached during the talks between the Director-General of Military Operations of both the countries over the hotline.

It also stated that the DGMO of India and Pakistan Army interact regularly over the established mechanism of the hotline.

The purpose of the mechanism is to review the situation along the Line of Control, International Boundary and endeavor to achieve observance of all understandings and agreements between the two militaries.

The force said that the Indian Army remains committed to fighting militancy. “Acts of terror will not be tolerated and the befitting response would await any misadventure,” it said.

“Over the last few years our counter infiltration posture along the LoC has further strengthened and terrorists have found infiltration across the LoC increasingly difficult.”

The force said that infiltration of militants remains a primary concern. “The ceasefire violence primarily due to the activities of terrorism along and across LoC.”

There is a trust deficit with Pakistan, said the Indian army stating: “We have a history of bitter experiences with Pakistan. The peace processes in the past have been derailed either because of acts of terror or the Pakistan Army’s belligerence. We are alive to this reality and we all remain prepared to meet any eventuality. However, we remain cautiously optimistic. Peace along LoC is mutually beneficial.”

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