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Ceasefire is a good step, but Pak will have to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure for the normalization of ties: Army Chief, a good step from the ceasefire, but Pakistan will have to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure for the normalization of ties, says the head of the Army | India News

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NEW DELHI: The renewed ceasefire in February has led to a major improvement in the security situation along the Line of Control, but Pakistan will have to take ‘tangible action’ against the terrorist infrastructure operating from its soil for a Upward trajectory in bilateral ties, Army chief general MM Naravane has said.
“The ceasefire is only the first step on the long road to normalizing bilateral relations with Pakistan. For our part, we would like the ceasefire to continue and lead to an improvement in bilateral relations, ”said General Naravane, speaking exclusively to TOI.
Pakistan, however, will have to address India’s core concerns by scrapping its long-standing policy of fueling the cross-border proxy war and dismantling the 18-20 terrorist training camps operating on its territory and PoJK.
With the ceasefire in effect along the 778 km LoC and the 198 km international border, there has been a drastic decrease in the number of infiltration attempts in the last three months. But there are still an estimated 220 terrorists, including 80-90 “foreigners,” present at J&K.
“We have no reason to believe that the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan and PoJK has been dismantled. JeM, LeT, Al Badr and other terrorist organizations still operate from PoJK. They are still a threat. The United Jihad Council also continues to function, ”General Naravane said.
“Terrorism and extremism are the biggest challenges in South Asia. Once Pakistan takes tangible action against them and there is a fundamental change in its policy, relations can improve, ”he added.
There has been no cross-border exchange of fire, except for a street incident between the BSF and the Pakistani Rangers in the Jammu sector, after rival DGMOs renewed the ceasefire agreement from February 25 onwards.
The new truce came after a particularly violent last year, with incessant artillery and mortar duels that broke all annual records since 2003. India recorded as many as 5,133 ceasefire violations in 2020, with another 591 this year before the pact of Stop the fire.
“Peace throughout the LoC is mutually beneficial. Civilian populations living on both sides are the most affected and suffer greatly from the violence throughout the LoC. The ceasefire has benefited them enormously. I am sure that the Pakistani Army is also concerned about its population and I hope that the ceasefire will continue, ”General Naravane said.
The Army chief, however, warned that adherence to the ceasefire does not mean that the counterinfiltration and counterterrorism networks (CI / CT) will be weakened. “Our fight against terrorism has not stopped. Our alertness and vigilance will not be reduced, ”he said.
“We will continue to carry out strong CI / CT operations. All options remain open to mitigate the threat as deemed appropriate by commanders on the ground. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will be prepared to respond to any misadventure, “he added.



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