Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, in Rajya Sabha on Monday, stated that Pakistan violated the ceasefire 1248 times across the Line of Control (LoC) in the last six months.
He added,”All violations of ceasefire and infiltration are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meeting, Directorate Generals of Military Operations talks as well as diplomatic channels between the two countries.”
The Defence Minister in his reply to a question by BJP leader Vijay Pal Singh Tomar also informed that four Army jawans were killed in these ceasefire violations (CFVs) by Pakistan.
Singh further said that the Army had sustained 34 fatal casualties in its counter-terrorism operations in Jammu and Kashmir between 2016 and June 2019. The Assam Rifles/Army had reported 12 casualties between 2016 and June 2019 during the counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast.
Last year, Jammu and Kashmir had recorded 2,936 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan — the highest in the past 15 years with an average of eight cases daily — in which 61 people were killed and over 250 injured.
In 2017, 971 cases of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were reported wherein 31 people — 12 civilians and 19 security forces personnel — were killed and 151 suffered injuries.
Rajnath Singh replaced Nirmala Sitharaman as the Defence Minister for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet after the results of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.