Terming the recent reiteration of the ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan a “conscious call by both countries”, General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps, Lieutenant General B S Raju, said the Army would give the ceasefire its ” best shot”.
Speaking to a group of journalists at the 15 Corps Headquarters in Srinagar, Lt General Raju said, “We will definitely give it (the ceasefire) our best shot… to make it successful. If something is happening, we will not be trigger happy. I’m sure the good officers across the border will also make it a success.”
He said that in case of incidents along the Line of Control, as part of the agreement, both sides have established mechanisms where they can speak to each other — ‘hotline messages, both here locally as well as in Delhi”.
The year 2020 recorded over 5,000 incidents of ceasefire violations across the Valley — up from 3,476 in 2019 and 2,140 in 2018.
Lt General Raju said that while the Army has been fairly successful in checking infiltration from across the LoC, “we see influx has definitely taken place from the south (International Border). Appropriate mechanisms are being put in place to stop influx of militants through tunnels or weapons through drones. Counter-measures have been put in place.”
Commenting on the implications of the ceasefire agreement, Lt General Raju said, “Our ability to control infiltration improves when there is an agreement for ceasefire in…