December 2003 News

Ceasefire effective, but infiltration on in J&K : Army

24 December 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Jammu: Maintaining that cross-border infiltration was still on during Indo- Pak border ceasefire, Northern Command Chief, Lt Gen Hari Prasad on Wednesday said that ceasefire between two armies was effective without any violation along Zero Line in Jammu and Kashmir.'Ceasefire is well in place and is effectively going on so far. There has been no violation till now from either of us. But at the same time cross border infiltration is still on,' Gen Prasad told reporters at the conclusion of mega function Watan ki Sair at Akhnoor, 35 km from Jammu on Wednesday.After the ceasefire, normal activity is taking place along the borderline with Pakistan, he said.But at the same time there is no change in our counter-insurgency operational posture, Gen Prasad said, adding, 'We are prepared for all responses.'Well if ceasefire holds, good for us and if it does not hold it is okay. We are prepared for anything. Counter-insurgency posture does not change at all and operations are on in hinterlands,' GoC-in-C said.He said that traditionally also infiltration reduced in November and December as had happened last year and added that it was difficult to gauge the impact of ceasefire on infiltration.


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