NEW DELHI: Terrorists from across the border in Pakistan are making desperate attempts to infiltrate into Jammu & Kashmir to disrupt normal democratic processes, said Army chief General M M Naravane on Saturday.
“With the ongoing situation on our western borders, terrorism continues to be a serious threat. That is not abating in spite of all the efforts being made,” said Gen Naravane, speaking after reviewing the passing out parade at the Indian Naval Academy at Ezhimala in Kerala.
With the onset of winter and the mountain passes set to be soon snowed under, last-ditch attempts are being made to push terrorists across from “launch pads” along the Line of Control, he said. “It is because of this that they (terrorists) have also started moving southwards and are now attempting to infiltrate through lower regions, including through tunnels across the international border,” he added.
As earlier reported by TOI, the Pakistan Army has also cranked up ceasefire violations (CFVs) along the 778-km long LoC, with as many as 4,100 of them already being recorded this year, the highest such number since 2003.
The spike in CFVs, which are also often used to give “covering fire” to infiltrating terrorists, comes amidst the ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh. The Indian Army, of course, retaliates to every CFV with precision strikes.
The total number of CFVs along the LoC stood at 971 in 2017 and 1,629 in 2018. The number jumped to 3,168 in 2019, with spikes being registered first after the Balakot air strikes and then the nullification of Article 370 and bifurcation of J&K.
At the naval parade, the Army chief said, “Today, the country is facing challenges from all sides, some home-grown and some from outside. The armed forces are the strongest pillar in the defence of the country. While everything else may fail, we simply cannot.”