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Parliament proceedings | 5,133 ceasefire violations along LoC last year: government

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on February 8, 2021. Videograb: RSTV/PTI  

There were 5,133 instances of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan last year, which resulted in 46 fatalities, Parliament was informed on Monday. There were 299 violations till January 28 this year and one fatality has been reported till February 1.

 

“Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by the security forces,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

 

In addition, all violations of ceasefire are taken up with the Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meeting as well as weekly talks between the Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries, the statement said. The Border Security Force (BSF) too holds talks at various levels with its counterpart, Pakistan Rangers.

 

Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised at the highest level the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the LoC and the International Border as its obligations emanating from the understanding in vogue, Mr. Singh added.

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