New Delhi, April 12: Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 268 times in last 1 year, according to the government Defence minister of state, Subhash Bhamre, speaking in Rajya Sabha, affirmed that 'appropriate retaliation' against the violations was carried out by the Indian Army.
Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, is carried out by Indian Army. In addition, all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations of the two countries, Subhash Bhamre said.
The maximum of 88 violations happened in November followed by 78 in October and 22 last month, Minister added. Meanwhile, nine fatal casualties were reported during the period. To a separate question, he said a total of 25,472 posts of Junior Commissioned Officers and those of equivalent ranks are lying vacant in the Army, while the number of vacancies for officers is 7,986.
Moreover, there were 371 attempts of infiltration made last year and 118 militants were able to infiltrate, while 217 had to return. As many as 35 militants were killed and three were arrested during their infiltration bids last year.
According to official information provided by Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir in Lok Sabha that between October 1, 2016 and March 31 this year, 155 incidents of terror attacks have been reported, whiles the figure was at least 193 such terror attacks between April to September 2016.
Notably, Indian army crossed the LOC and carried out surgical strike to destroy the settlement of terrorists and militants who were residing in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir. The action came after the Uri attack in which Pakistan sponsored terrorists attacked an army camp in Jammu which resulted in the death 19 soldiers.
The number of ceasefire violations (CFV) by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LC) in Jammu & Kashmir during the last twelve months are as under:-