JAMMU, Dec 30: Saying that security situation in Jammu and Kashmir is at an ‘important crossroads’’, the Defence Ministry today said that Army along with Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) were making relentless efforts to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir valley.
In a detailed handout issued on the situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir, Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, the Ministry of Defence said relentless operations by Army, both along the LoC and the hinterland with the cooperation of other security forces, has thwarted the designs (by Pakistan, militants and other anti-national elements) to give a fillip to proxy war being waged against India in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Army in concert with other security forces has successfully thwarted the nexus of militants and their Over Ground Workers to create trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. Army along with para-military forces and Jammu and Kashmir Police were putting relentless efforts to bring back normalcy in the Kashmir valley,’’ the Defence Ministry said.
However, it said that post-November 23 talks between Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan, the incidents of ceasefire violations have seen drastic reduction on the LoC. The ceasefire violations were at the maximum post-September 29 surgical strikes by the Indian Army inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in which 50 militants and Pakistan army personnel were killed.
“The Army operations were focused on ensuring that the terrorists didn’t succeed in their designs to cause destruction and endanger the lives of citizens,’’ an official handout of the Defence Ministry released by the Northern Command on the eve of New Year said.
Referring to the situation along Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China in Ladakh sector, it described the situation as peaceful.
“There is no commonly delineated LAC in the border areas between India and China. From time to time, on account of differing perception of the LAC, situations have arisen on the ground that could have been avoided if the two neighbours had a common perception of the LAC,’’ it said, referring to the situation on LAC with China.
However, it added, Army regularly takes up any such situation along the LAC with the Chinese side through established mechanism including the Border Personnel Meetings, flag meeting and meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs and diplomatic channels.
The transgressions by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China had been regular about couple of years back but they have virtually come to a naught. Only one such incident was reported recently, which was immediately resolved by the two sides.
It said: “as part of the ongoing initiative to enhance interaction and cooperation between India and China, under the provisions of Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, the Indian and Chinese Armies held their Second Joint Exercises with a view to enhance cooperation and boost ties between the two countries’’.
The Defence Ministry said it has installed two units of Border Surveillance System (BOSS) in Leh along LAC with China, which will ease manual patrolling by the troops and enhance capability of the Army in detecting any kind of transgressions by the People’s Liberation Army of China.
“The Border Surveillance System comprising EO payload consisting of thermal and day camera, LRF, GPS and other features with day and night monitoring of the border areas have been installed along the LAC, which would automatically detect any kind of intrusions. Gradually, the number of such Surveillance Systems would be increase for installations in more areas along the LAC and LoC with China and Pakistan.