LoC saw 600 cease­fire vi­o­la­tions in 2 months

Jawan killed in Pak shelling along LoC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - NEWS NET­WORK San­jay Kha­juria

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New Delhi: The Line of Con­trol with Pak­istan re­mains ex­tremely volatile, with over 600 cease­fire vi­o­la­tions be­ing recorded over the last two months and New Delhi warn­ing Is­lam­abad to de­sist from tar­get­ing civil­ian ar­eas in the on­go­ing cross-bor­der mor­tar and ar­tillery du­els.

Army sources on Fri­day said the hot­line be­tween the two direc­torate gen­er­als of mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions was used last week to warn the Pak­istan Army to stop shelling civil­ian ar­eas or be pre­pared to face the con­se­quences.

The Army com­man­ders’ con­fer­ence, which will be held from Oc­to­ber 14 to 19 un­der the chair­man­ship of Gen­eral Bipin Rawat, is also slated to re­view the op­er­a­tional sit­u­a­tion along the LoC with Pak­istan as well as the “north­ern bor­ders” with China. “The apex level lead­er­ship of In­dian Army will brain­storm on all the cur­rent emerg­ing se­cu­rity and ad­min­is­tra­tive chal­lenges to chart the fu­ture course for the force,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer.

Over­all, the num­ber of cease­fire vi­o­la­tions (CFVs) recorded by the In­dian Army along the 778-km long LoC has al­ready crossed 2,320 this year, break­ing all an­nual records since 2003.

The se­cu­rity forces have gunned down 147 ter­ror­ists in dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tions along the LoC as well in the hin­ter­land in J&K, while 31 sol­diers have laid down their lives till now this year. “There has also been fre­quent cal­i­bre-es­ca­la­tion dur­ing the CFVs, which in ef­fect means that heavy mor­tars and ar­tillery guns are com­ing into play in­stead of just small arms and light mor­tars. The In­dian Army is re­spond­ing pro-ac­tively,” said a source.

The al­ready vi­o­lent LoC turned es­pe­cially red-hot af­ter the Modi gov­ern­ment on Au­gust 5 re­voked the spe­cial sta­tus of J&K and moved to split the state into two Union Ter­ri­to­ries. “Though there was an up­ward trend in the CFVs since July, the num­ber dras­ti­cally shot up af­ter Au­gust 5. There were 307 CFVs in Au­gust. In Septem­ber, the num­ber stood at 292, which is An

Army jawan was killed in heavy fir­ing and shelling by the Pak­istani troops along the Line of Con­trol (LoC) in

Now­shera sec­tor of Jammu and Kash­mir’s Ra­jouri district on Fri­day. “The Pak­istani troops vi­o­lated truce in Now­shera sec­tor from 5.50am to 7.30am. One jawan, iden­ti­fied as Naik Subash Thapa (25), was in­jured in the heavy ex­change of fire and evac­u­ated to the Mil­i­tary Com­mand Hos­pi­tal in Ud­ham­pur. He later suc­cumbed to his in­juries,” Jammu-based de­fence spokesper­son Lt Col Deven­der Anand said. Thapa, from Silig­uri in West Ben­gal’s Dar­jeel­ing district, had joined In­dian Army eight years ago and is sur­vived by his mother Padma Thapa. “Naik Subash Thapa was a brave, highly mo­ti­vated and sin­cere sol­dier,” said an Army spokesper­son

triple the num­ber of CFVs recorded in Septem­ber in 2017 and 2018,” said the source.

In July 2018, the Army had recorded 13 cases of CFVs, fol­lowed by 44 in Au­gust and 102 in Septem­ber. In 2017, there were 68 cases of CFVs in July, fol­lowed by 108 in Au­gust and 101 in Septem­ber.

Just in Septem­ber, there were as many as 61 in­ci­dents of cal­i­bre-es­ca­la­tion, with the two armies tar­get­ing each other with light ar­tillery guns, anti-tank guided mis­siles and heavy mor­tars with civil­ians be­ing of­ten caught in the mid­dle. The fiercest cross-bor­der du­els have taken place in ar­eas like Now­shera, Poonch, Bhim­ber Gali and Kr­ishna Ghati, among oth­ers.

“The Pak­istani Army of­ten uses CFVs to push in in­fil­tra­tors across the LoC. The Pak Army-ISI com­bine is des­per­ate to plug the lead­er­ship void among the ter­ror out­fits in the val­ley. In Septem­ber, for in­stance, at least 28 ter­ror­ists at­tempted to cross the LoC, as per in­tel­li­gence es­ti­mates, but only around a dozen man­aged to get through,” said the source.

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