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Amid China standoff, Pakistan ups infiltration bids across LoC | India News

NEW DELHI: Pakistan continues with its incessant ceasefire violations and attempts to push militants across the Line of Control, while India is locked in the ongoing troop confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh, reinforcing the collusive threat from across the two long unresolved borders.
Latest figures show India has recorded over 2,250 ceasefire violations (CFVs) along the 778-km LoC by Pakistan already this year, while its security forces have killed around 130 terrorists– almost 50 in June alone- in counter-insurgency operations in Kashmir.
On Sunday itself, in strong retaliation by the Indian Army, two Pakistani soldiers were believed to have been killed across the LoC in Mendhar sector, while three others were injured opposite the Poonch and Nowshera sectors.
“Pakistan obviously wants to fish even more in troubled waters- it wants to push as many terrorists as possible across the LoC, under with the cover of cross-border firings, at a time when our attention is diverted towards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China,” said a senior officer.
With intelligence reports asserting 280 to 300 heavily-armed terrorists are waiting for an opportune time to infiltrate into Kashmir, the Army has no other option but to keep its guard firmly up along the LoC as well.
“Given the situation, the Army cannot afford to move some additional forces from the LoC to the LAC. Two active fronts are a grim reality now. But we have adequate forces both in Kashmir as well as Ladakh for any contingency,” said another official.
Going by the surge being witnessed in the number of CFVs by Pakistan this year, it could shatter all previous records. There were 3,479 CFVs and firings across both the LoC and the 198-km international border in J&K in 2019, which was the highest number recorded since 2003.
Both India and Pakistan have used artillery guns and anti-tank guided missiles to target each other’s posts and locations much more this year as compared to the same timeframe last year.
India recorded 367 CFVs along the LoC in January this year, 366 in February, 411 in March, 387 in April, 382 in May and 320 in June. Around the time Chinese troops were gearing to intrude at multiple locations into eastern Ladakh in April, the Indian Army had used 105mm field guns as well as 155mm Bofors howitzers to target terror launch pads, ammunition dumps and gun positions in some sectors across the LoC, including the Dudhniyal area opposite the Keran sector of Kupwara.
Army chief General M M Naravane had then said his force would continue to give “a proportionate response to all acts of infringement of ceasefire and support to terrorism” by Pakistan.
Then in May, at a time when the massive confrontation with Chinese troops was erupting in eastern Ladakh, Gen Naravane had said the Indian armed forces had no option but to “remain alive” and cater for the scenario of a “two-front war” with China and Pakistan even though the possibility was remote.

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