India has always respected the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control but the Pakistan Army has been the “defaulter”, Northern Command chief of the Indian Army Lt Gen Y K Joshi said on Thursday. He said3,824 ceasefire violations in 2019 and 5,426 such cases in 2020 clearly indicate the intent of Pakistan Army.
The Army commander said that Indian troops’ punitive response and a robust counter-infiltration grid supported by technology and troop presence has literally dried the flow of infiltration of terrorists from across the border.
“We believe in upholding the ceasefire agreement arrived at by Indian and Pakistani armies and we have always respected it. However, Pakistan Army has been the defaulter,” Lt Gen Joshi told PTI in an interview here.
He also said security forces are adopting a three-pronged strategy to sustain peace in Kashmir. The security strategy is aimed at ensuring a law and order situation wherein the common people and government functionaries are free of fear and the civil administration is able to functions with efficiency.
The Army commander said that since most of the ceasefire violations are aimed at abetting infiltration, India’s response has been against the terrorist launch pads and other terror infrastructure.
“Moreover, Pakistani posts have also been hitting our villages along the LoC and causing loss to the lives and property of innocent civilians. Our response to such ceasefire violations are aimed at inflicting punishment on the errant Pakistani posts,” he said.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen Joshi said, the Army’s people-friendly initiatives have been going on for the last three decades covering various aspects affecting the youth or people in general.