513 ceasefire violations by Pak post-Balakot strike: GOC 16 Corps

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 4/14/2019 6:13:54 PM

`Pak army suffered 5 to 6 times more casualties than Indian army’

RAJOURI, Apr 13: General Officer Commanding (GOC) of White Knight Corps Lt Gen Paramjit Singh Saturday stated that 513 ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the past one-and-a-half month and the Pakistan army suffered five to six times more casualties than the Indian army in the retaliatory action.
While talking to media on the sidelines of Rajouri Day celebrations, he also said that security forces in Jammu and Kashmir would not allow revival of militancy in the Kishtwar district that witnessed three militancy-related incidents in the last few months.
Responding to queries about ceasefire violations along LoC, he said that the Pakistan army also used heavy weaponry like mortars and artillery guns in over 100 times during these violations and targetted civilian areas but was given a befitting response by the Indian army.
“Almost 513 ceasefire violations happened in the past one-and-a-half month and over 100 times during these violations, the Pakistan army used heavy weapons like mortars and artillery guns and targetted civilian areas. Only yesterday (Friday), four civilians, including two girls, were injured in Poonch,” the GOC said.
However, he said the Pakistan army is being given a befitting response by the Indian army.
Responding to a question about the casualties suffered by Pakistan in the retaliatory action, he said, “Unlike the Indian army, Pakistan does not announce the number of its casualties.”
“However, as per our sources, the Pakistan army suffered five to six times more casualties than the casualties on our side,” Lt Gen Singh said.
Ten people, including four security personnel, were killed and nearly 45 others, mostly civilians, injured in the twin districts since India’s preemptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
On the sniping incidents from across the border, Lt Gen Singh said such incidents had come to a naught over the past several months, especially after the Balakot strike.
“Some incidents of sniping took place earlier and accordingly we have taken some measures to strengthen our defence. As per the data this year, only three incidents of sniping by the Pakistan army were reported from January to February 26 in which one of the fatalities include a civilian porter,” he said.
“There was no sniping incident from February 27 till date, which means the steps taken by us have been successful,” the officer said. He said the morale of the troops was very high and as long as they were deployed on the borders, the people of the country need not worry.
“They have every kind of weaponry and explosives with them and their resolve is rock solid and always prepared for any challenge. As long as they are on the border, you are safe,” he said.
Replying to queries about increase in militancy related activities in Kishtwar, he said that security forces in Jammu and Kashmir would not allow revival of militancy in the district that witnessed three militancy-related incidents in the last few months.
Lt Gen Paramjit Singh said three militant incidents in the Kishtwar district during the last few months were unfortunate. Yet the security forces would not allow revival of militancy in the district, he added.
Rajouri Day is celebrated on April 13 to commemorate the martyrs who liberated Rajouri town from Pakistan-aided tribal invaders in 1948.
Responding to a question, the officer said, “Our message to Pakistan is given every day whenever some nefarious activity happens on the border.”
When asked for a comment on politics being played in the name of soldiers during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, he said the army did not want to get into the debate.
He said the leadership of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit was eliminated in Kashmir valley post India's preemptive air strike on a JeM terror camp in Balakot on February 26 in response to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 44 CRPF personnel were martyred.
Regarding Kishtwar incidents, he said, “The incidents which had happened in Kishtwar in the recent past are a matter of concern. The enemy always tries to revive terrorism in the areas where it was wiped out but we are ready for the challenge and I want to assure the people if the intention is to revive terrorism, we will not allow it to happen.”
“The army has not left this area because the enemy can attempt again to revive terrorism but as long as we stand united, the Pakistan cannot succeed in its nefarious design,” he aded. He said the intelligence agencies, police and army worked out a strategy to deal with the arising situation. “Some people were already rounded up (in connection with the latest killings) and the operation is going on there (Kishtwar) at the moment,” he said.
When his attention was drawn to the weapon snatching incident, arrest of some militant with weapons and recovery of huge consignment of drugs in Poonch and Rajouri district last year, he said the enemies always try that there be no peace anywhere in the state. “Such attempts continue on the part of the enemy but we failed their nefarious design with the joint efforts and the support of the public,” he said.
“There is no place in the country which is free from the danger of an accident,” he said and expressed satisfaction over the peaceful conclusion of the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 11. “As far as Jammu region is concerned, it has not witnessed any major terrorist activity before or after the airstrike,” he said. The Army officer said ground reports did not suggest sudden increase in the terror activity by overground workers of the militants in any part of the Jammu region.

 

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