| Srinagar |
Updated: October 26, 2020 12:16:21 pm
More than a year after the Central government removed the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and split the state into two Union Territories, the region is “past that stage of uneasy calm”, according to Lieutenant General B S Raju, Commander of the Army’s Chinar Corps (XV Corps), which is responsible for operations along the Line of Control and against militancy.
Raju was speaking to reporters a day before the Centre amended the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act to include a third tier of governance, at the district level, to set the stage for the Panchayat and District Development Committee elections.
“We have been able to stop infiltration substantially” due to “a combination of a lot of efforts that is being put in by the ground force”, including “additional personnel, additional technology” along the LoC and “drones to monitor movement”, Raju said.
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However, he pointed out, there is “no desire on the part of Pakistan to stop infiltration” and cited intercepts of infiltrators saying that they are “unable to go” but still…