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Indian army chief: no infiltration, marked improvement in Kashmir since LoC ceasefire with Pakistan

Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane said on Thursday that there has been no infiltration along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir after India and Pakistan agreed to observe a ceasefire in February this year.

Naravane, during an interactive session at a think-tank, also said there will always be elements who will try to sabotage the process of peace and development and the armed forces will have to be mindful of this challenge. “Since there is a ceasefire, there is no longer any infiltration. As there is no infiltration, the number of terrorists in the valley is lesser and as the number of terrorists is lesser, the number of terror-related incidents has also seen a drop,” Naravane said.

“But there will always be elements who will try to sabotage the process of peace and development. We will have to cater for that. We have a strong counter-terrorism and counter-infiltration grid in Jammu and Kashmir and our operations to that end to ensure peace and tranquillity will continue,” he added.

In a sudden and significant move aimed at reducing tensions, the Indian and Pakistani armies announced on February 25 that they would cease firing across the LoC while recommitting themselves to a 2003 ceasefire agreement.

The Chief of Army Staff said following the February ceasefire, the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has seen a “marked improvement”.

The Army Chief said there were certain incidents of violence like firing at some security forces’ picket or gunning down of some person.

“These kinds of incidents do continue. But overall, the sharp drop in all parameters of violence clearly indicates that the general population in Kashmir is all for peace and development,” he said.

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