‘Pakistan uses ceasefire violation to give cover for infiltration’
Maintaining that the appropriate steps were taken close to the fence in Jammu and Kashmir, the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday in Rajya Sabha said that 4649 instances of ceasefire took place in year—2020,.
The Defence Minister was replying to a question raised in the house about the appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violation as required and what are the steps taken including the figures and why isn’t the government taking action to stop the ceasefire from Pakistan.
As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), in a reply, Singh said that there is no question of laziness and the army has always effectively retaliated to Pakistan not only this time but in the past as well.
“Security grids have managed to confine the actions of Pakistan to the fence only,” he said.
He said that the amount of courage and effectiveness of Border Security Forces (BSF) and other forces is highly commendable.
About the government policy to stop the ceasefire violation, the Defence Minister said that the steps are taken and the weapons used can’t be disclosed but under the cover of ceasefire violation Pakistan pushes militants into Indian territory.
“Ceasefire is also used to exfiltrate the militants from Indian territory into Pakistan and the graph of the ceasefire has shown a surge,” he said.
Singh said that whenever peace prevails in the Kashmir valley the ceasefire violation from Pakistan also shows an increase, however, the security forces are giving befitting replies.
“Anyone who will be able to answer the amount of retaliation from India will be the rulers in Pakistan,” he said.
Senior leader and former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir Ghulam Nabi Azad, in the question hour, said that why is the graph of ceasefire violation this high and in the UPA government only 550 ceasefire instances took place in a decade.
“During my tenure as chief minister the graph was zero in the first year, three in the 2nd year, 21 in the 3rd year, and 77 in the 4th year,” he said.
He said that the ceasefire violation has shown an increase in the last couple of years adding that during the ceasefire violation civilians suffer losses and sought compensation for affected people and animals.
Defence Minister in reply said that the civilian loss is compensated by the state government, compensation for animals has been hiked and bunkers are being constructed.
About the bunkers for the civilian population living close to the fence, the Defence Minister said that a total of 14,000 bunkers were bring built and a maximum has been completed to facilitate and save the civilian population.
He said that the government is timely providing assistance to the victims and in case of animal loss, the same policy is adopted and people moved to safer places at the time of ceasefire violation.
He maintained that the ceasefire violations have shown a surge in the past one decade since 2011 and it’s only because Pakistan wants some untoward to happen in Jammu and Kashmir, like Uri, Jammu, Nagrota, Pathankot, and Pulwama.
“Whenever anything happens here Pakistan increased the volume of ceasefire violation,” he said.
About the graph of ceasefire violation in J&K, the Defence Minister said that in the last year 2020, 4649 instances of ceasefire took place but the army and security forces are active to give a befitting reply to Pakistan’s actions.