Pakistan pushing terrorists in Kashmir to disrupt Art 370 revocation anniversary

Srinagar, July 24: In less than 24 hours Pakistan has violated ceasefire at two places in north Kashmir leaving a woman injured. Indian Army says that violations are being done to push more terrorists in the Kashmir Valley in the wake of first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370.

The ceasefire violations (CFVs) took place in Nowgam and Tangdhar sectors of frontier district of Kupwara in north Kashmir. Senior Indian Army officials of the Srinagar-based 15 corps said that on the LoC, the number of ceasefire violations have gone up since last year and has remained high since.

“The Pakistan Army is keen on pushing more terrorists,” a senior Army officer told News Intervention. “First anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 is very near and we believe they might try to disrupt the prevailing peace.”

The figures available with the Indian Army reveal that that there have been 2,215 ceasefire violations (CFVs) recorded on the LoC till June 25 this year. A total of 3,168 ceasefire violations were recorded in 2019, and 1,629 in 2018.

During May 2020 there have been 382 ceasefire violations on the LoC and 302 in June, rising sharply from the 221 and 181 ceasefire violations recorded during these two months in 2019.

Quite recently, General Officer Commanding 15 Corps, Lt General BS Raju had told the reporters that Pakistan’s attempt to assist more terrorists to infiltrate into India are part of its efforts to disrupt normalcy in the Kashmir Valley.

“Pakistan Army facilitates these infiltration attempts,” Lt. Gen. BS Raju had said adding that Pakistan’s persistence in infiltrating terrorists, proliferating false propaganda are intended to disturb peace and its actions are unlikely to change anytime soon.

In needs to be emphasized that besides preventing infiltration, there has been a marked intensity in counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley.

As per official data, so far 141 terrorists have been killed in the Kashmir Valley this year. A total of 158 terrorists were killed in 2019, which was down from 254 in 2018 and 213 in 2017. This is an indication that terrorism is gradually declining in the Kashmir Valley, which is why Pakistan is desperate to facilitate infiltration of terrorists into Kashmir.

A senior Army officer posted in Srinagar added that security forces in Kashmir have been additionally proactive. “ It is a good strategy to keep the terrorists on the run,” he said adding that because of the pressure in the hinterland, the handlers in Pakistan are trying to heat up the LoC to divert attention of the Army.

Shabir Ahmad
Shabir Ahmad
Writer is a senior Journalist based in Kashmir Valley

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