Ceasefire violations are cause for serious concern: Antony

January 11, 2013 02:56 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 10:37 pm IST - New Delhi

FILE - In this July 17, 2006 file photo, Border Security Force soldiers patrol the India-Pakistan border at Kanachak, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Jammu, India. Pakistan and India traded accusations Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

FILE - In this July 17, 2006 file photo, Border Security Force soldiers patrol the India-Pakistan border at Kanachak, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Jammu, India. Pakistan and India traded accusations Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

India on Friday said the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir were a matter of “serious concern” and the provocative action of killing of two soldiers was a “turning point”.

Defence Minister A.K. Antony said there were “enough troops” in Jammu and Kashmir and the government was taking all steps to protect the interest of the country.

The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries were in touch, he said, adding “let us see the result of that talk”.

Mr. Antony said, such kind of occasional ceasefire violations and firing were a matter of serious concern.

“It is not an isolated incident, it’s increasing from the last one year. Ceasefire violations are also increasing. It is a matter of concern to us and the tragic, provocative actions two days back, that was a turning point at the moment,” the Defence Minister said.

“This kind of occasional ceasefire violations and firing is a serious concern, because even though violence level in Kashmir has come down compared to the past, infiltration attempts are increasing,” he said.

Mr. Antony said, “We are closely monitoring the whole development and our entire border and Indian troops were on alert.”

“At the same time, we have directed the DGMO to be in touch with his counterpart. Let’s see the result of that talk. The government, in a coordinated manner, is closely monitoring the situation and we will take every step to protect our interest,” Mr. Antony said.

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