Army chief in Nagrota; reviews security situation

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/19/2020 6:54:45 AM

JAMMU, Feb 18: Amid ongoing ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the Poonch sector in Jammu, Army chief General MM Naravane Tuesday visited Nagrota and reviewed the ongoing security situation there.
Army sources said that he was briefed by top military commanders about the situation and Pakistan's attempts of infiltrating terrorists on LoC. Military commanders also reviewed the measures taken by the army to neutralise Pakistan's attempts there, said sources.
The Army Chief General MM Naravane has given clear instructions to commanders to give a befitting reply to Pakistan Army in case of provocation by them on LoC, they said.
Earlier on January 23, the Army Chief accompanied by former Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had visited forward areas along LC in Rajouri. Northern Command in a tweet had said that the Army Chief reviewed the operational preparedness, interacted with troops and extolled all ranks for "success in thwarting enemy designs and maintaining constant vigil."
Pakistani troops made the highest number of ceasefire violations in 2019, amounting to over 3000 instances which means nine ceasefire violations on average per day. There have been 3,289 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army along the Indo-Pak border in 2019. Incidents of ceasefire violations increased after the abrogation of Article 370. 1565 ceasefire violations took place since August 2019, after India revoked Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.
In August, a total 307 incidents were reported, while 292 incidents occurred in September, 351 in October and 304 cases were reported in November last year.
Compared to 2017, the number of ceasefire violations in 2019 has tripled. In 2017, a total of 860 incidents were reported, against only 228 in 2016.
Reports said Pakistan forces have carried out more than 497 unprovoked ceasefire violations so far in 2020.
In 2017, 31 people — 12 civilians and 19 security forces personnel — were killed and 151 others suffered injuries.



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