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NEW DELHI: Ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and international border (IB) in Jammu & Kashmir have witnessed a sharp rise this year with a total 633 instances reported in the first two months alone, against 860 violations in whole of 2017.

organization clergyman of state for residence Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, in written respondly to an ask in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, expressed that 12 citizens, 6 armed force organizations and 4 BSF organizations were killed until February this year on record of ceasefire violations and cross-border blasting. In 2017, 12 citizens, 15 armed force organizations and 4 BSF organizations were killed in akin circumstances.

While 432 instances of cross-border firing/ceasefire violations were reported till February on LoC manned by the Army, international border under operational control of BSF witnessed 201 such incidents.

"It has been made clear to Pakistan that government seeks to have normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing all outstanding issues bilaterally and peacefully," Ahir expressed increasing that any meaty talk could however be held "only in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence".

"Onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere. India will continue to take firm and decisive steps to respond to cross-border terrorism," expressed the times.

Stating that India had through established channels of communication such as DGMOs, meetings of border guarding forces as well as diplomatic channels, lodged strong protests against continued support to cross-border terrorism against India by Pakistan, including by providing cover fire in support of cross-border infiltration of terrorists, Ahir said Islamabad had been asked to abide by its commitment not to allow anti-India activities on its soil, to respect sanctity of the international boundary and LoC and adhere to the 2003 ceasefire pact.

In answerly to another request, Ahir communicated the dwelling that 16 cross-border penetration tries were informed in January 2018, of which 5 ended in victory while 4 entrants were killed. In 2017, there were 406 penetration tries, advanced in the ago three years, of which 123 were boffo while others governed to the killing of 59 radicals.

The data on terror-related violence in J&K; shared by Ahir put the terrorist incidents in the Valley until March 4 at 60, in which 17 terrorists, 15 security personnel and 2 civilians were killed. In 2017, in 39 incidents reported over the corresponding period, 26 terrorists, 10 security force personnel and 4 civilians were killed.


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