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Pak using drones to supply arms, over 300 insurgents ready to cross LoC: Indian army chief

Claiming that Pakistan was using drones and tunnels to supply arms to pro-freedom insurgents in Kashmir, the Indian army chief on Thusday said there were 300-400 militants ready to cross the Line of Control. 

The Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane also said that the armed forces deployed at Line of Control are giving a befitting reply to Pakistan’s Ceasefire violations.

“There has been a around 44 per cent increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistan at the LoC,” said General Naravane, speaking during the Army Day celebrations in Delhi.

Till December 28 this year, Pakistan carried out 4,700 incidents of ceasefire violations at Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Ceasefire violations have jumped to 4,700, the highest in the last 17 years.

Both nations blame each other for violating the 2002 border truce on the LoC which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. 

In 2019, there were 3,168 ceasefire violations. Interestingly, out of the 3,168 ceasefire violations, 1,551 have taken place since August of 2019. It was after the Indian government abrogated Article 370 that there was a steady rise in cross border firing.

In 2018, 1629 incidents of cross border firing were reported.

Pakistan is using drones and tunnels to smuggle arms and ammunition into the country. “At LoC, our forces are keeping an eye on Pakistan’s activities. The counter-infiltration grid has been strengthened making it nearly impossible for Pakistan to push terrorists into Indian territory,” said the Indian Army Chief.

He also pointed out that the strengthening of the counter-infiltration grid has led to decrease in militant activities in Jammu and the Kashmir Valley. Last year, around 200 insurgents were killed in operations, Indian Army Chief said.

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