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NEW DELHI: As many as 664 cases of ceasefire violations and cross-border firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir were recorded till June 30 this year, down from the 2,470 instances during the corresponding period of 2020, according to the home ministry.
The ministry also told the Lok Sabha on Tuesday that recoveries from areas close to the line of control (LoC) during the last three years had included 100 AK-series rifles, 79 pistols, 22 under barrel grenade launchers (UBGL), 4 rocket propelled grenades and 248 hand grenades, apart from ammunition and explosives.
Replying to a question, MoS(home) Nityanand Rai informed the House that a total 5133 ceasefire violations and cross-border firing had taken place in 2020, 3,479 in 2019 and 2,140 in 2018. In 2020, 658 instances were recorded in January and February before India and Pakistan reached a ceasefire understanding on February 25. Thereafter, there have been only six incidents of ceasefire violation/cross-border firing.
DGMOs of India and Pakistan had, over the hotline, agreed on strict observance of all agreements, understandings and ceasefire along the LoC and all other sectors with effect from midnight of February 24-25, 2021.
“Government’s consistent position has been that India desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing issues, if any, bilaterally and peacefully in an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence. The onus is on Pakistan to create such a conducive atmosphere by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner,” said Rai.
Meanwhile, in reply to another question, the home ministry said it had seized a large number of weapons between 2018 and 2020 from areas along the LoC in J&K. These included 100 AK series rifles, over 10,000 AK ammunition, 79 pistols, 1,676 pistol ammunition, 22 UBGL, 107 UBGL grenades, 248 hand grenades, 6 IEDs, 4 RPGs, 4 M4 carbine, 1 Pika gun, kg explosives and 14 detonators.
Another reply revealed that as many as 69 smugglers were arrested on the Indo-Pakistan border between 2018 and 2020, 298 on Indo-Bangladesh border, 1,069 on Indo-Nepal border and 1,629 on Indo-Myanmar border.