Pakistan has increased attempts to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir, says Arun Jaitley

04 August 2017, 03:09 PM
Infiltration attempts, ceasefire violations increased in 2017: Govt
Infiltration attempts, ceasefire violations increased in 2017: Govt

Pakistan has “significantly increased” sending in terrorists in India this year, thus, the number of causalities on its side has been at a record high, defence minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament on Friday.

Jaitley also revealed the data of total ceasefire violations from Pakistani side and till August 1 there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, wherein 2016, only 228 violations were reported in the entire year.

Jaitley also informed the Upper House that 8 Army personnel were martyred last year. However, he didn’t share the figure of 2017.

“Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations and other tactical incidents by Pakistan Army, as required, is carried out by Indian Army, he said while responding to quarries by MPs.

“All the forward posts are adequately strengthened to withstand enemy fire. Besides, there are well-established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to safeguard against enemy fire to minimize own casualties,” he added in the statement tabled in the Lok Sabha.

He said that India is enhancing the use of technology and arrangements of radars, sensors and other equipment needed are increasing.

“Success in stopping infiltration has gone up,” Jaitley claimed.

First Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 02:46 PM
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