As India and Pakistan approach 100 days of adherence to the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Army chief General MM Naravane said Thursday that the situation in J&K points to a return to normalcy on all parameters, and the onus of ensuring that the ceasefire holds lies squarely with Pakistan.
He said “after a long time, we have reached a situation where peace and tranquillity prevails”.
Speaking to reporters in Srinagar at the end of a two-day review of security in the Valley, General Naravane said: “I have been briefed by all commanders on ground on the situation, both on the LC and in the hinterland. All the parameters that we judge normalcy by have seen great improvement. There have been very few terrorist-initiated incidents, hardly any cases of stone-pelting, no cases of IEDs in the recent past.
All these are indicators of a return to a sense of normalcy… these are all indicators that the awaam (the people) also want the same.”
Reiterating that India will hold the ceasefire along the LoC as long as Pakistan does, he said: “The onus of making sure that the ceasefire holds is squarely on Pakistan. We are willing to observe ceasefire as long as they do so. While ceasefire is on, other activities that they are indulging in, that is the terror infrastructure there on the other side of the LC, that continues.
Therefore, there can be no slackening, as far as we are concerned, in our level of preparedness or alertness.