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Pakistan has a responsibility to keep the peace throughout LOC: Army Chief General MM Naravane | India News


SRINAGAR: Army chief Gen. MM Naravane said on Thursday that the longevity of the current ceasefire along the Line of Control (LOC) depends on Pakistan’s actions and also warned his commanders and troops not to Let your guard down and be prepared to deal effectively with all security challenges. Along the border.
Naravane, at the end of his two-day visit to Kashmir, told reporters: “The ceasefire throughout the LoC remains in place from now on. Responsibility for ensuring that the ceasefire is maintained rests squarely with Pakistan. We are ready to respect the ceasefire as long as they do so. ”
The army chief noted that other activities continued in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, such as the establishment of terrorist infrastructure, including terrorist camps, and the presence of terrorists on the other side of the LoC. “Therefore, there cannot be a decrease in our level of preparedness,” he added.
When asked if Islamabad can be trusted, as the ceasefire has been in place for 100 days, Naravane said: “There have been decades of mistrust between India and Pakistan. Therefore, the situation in this regard cannot change overnight. ”He visited units and formations in the border areas.
Naravane said that if Pakistan observes the ceasefire in letter and spirit, small steps can lead to incremental gains. “If Pakistan continues to desist from fomenting trouble in India, then small steps can lead to that level of trust that you are talking about,” he added.
On the possibility of troop reduction in Kashmir, he said that the deployment of the troops was a dynamic process and is reviewed from time to time depending on the perception of the threat.
The army chief was also briefed by local commanders about the measures being taken to identify and attack the networks of ground workers (OGW) involved in radicalization and the recruitment of young people for militancy, said the defense spokesman in a statement. He added that efforts to prevent local recruitment and facilitate the surrender of local militants were also discussed.

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