LoC and border ceasefires holding strong
8 March 2007
The Daily Times
New Delhi: There has been no major violations of the ceasefires along the India- Pakistan border or the Line of Control (LoC) since November 2003, Defence Minister AK Antony said in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. In a written reply to a quiestion from BJP members Vijay Kumar Malhotra and Chandra Mani Tripathi, the minister said there had been minor violations in Jammu and Rajasthan last year by the Pakistan Rangers on the international border on August 15, September 12 and October 22. Protest notes in all three cases were lodged with the Rangers and the matter was also taken up during the Indo-Pak biannual meeting at Jalandhar from February 14 to 17, Antony said. Meanwhile, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party expressed dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs statement on security in parliament, saying it did reveal behind-the-scene talks on Jammu and Kashmir, internal security and Naxalism. Our questions have remained unanswered, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani told reporters, citing his partys concern over the joint-terror mechanism with Pakistan.