NEW DELHI: Army chief General M M Naravane is on a two-day visit to Kashmir to assess the security situation along the Line of Control (LoC), amidst the spike in ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Pakistan.
Gen Naravane’s visit to the forward areas along the 778-km long LoC comes after TOI reported three days ago that the CFVs by Pakistan in just the first nine months of this year had broken all annual records since 2003.
India has recorded 3,186 CFVs along the LoC from January 1 to September 7 this year, with another 242 incidents of `cross-border firing’ taking place along the 198-km international border in J&K.
“During his interaction with the soldiers deployed in the high-altitude areas, Gen Naravane appreciated their high morale and complimented them on their response to Pakistan CFVs,” said an officer.
“He also commended the use of technology to ensure effective day and night surveillance across the LoC, which has resulted in many successful operations to foil cross-border infiltration bids in the recent past,” he added.
Gen Naravane reinforced the need to extend all possible support to civilians residing in the border areas, who are victims of targeted CFVs by the Pakistan Army and are facing hardships due to the pandemic.