Agencies, New Delhi
Citing an unusual trend on the Indo-Pak border, Defence Minister A K Antony today said although ceasefire violations for the past few days along the Line of Control (LoC) have abated, they have increased on the International Border (IB). He added that although ceasefire violations have come down in past few days, the infiltration attempts have increased dramatically.
‘’Attempts to infiltrate and the number of people (wanting to infiltrate) have increased,’’ Mr Antony said speaking on the sidelines of a conference organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. The terrorists wanting to infiltrate this time are better equipped and more prepared, he noted.
Questioning Pakistan’s intentions, Mr Antony asked, “If Pakistan is sincere about improving relations with India, how are these (attempts of infiltration) increasing?”
“Both sides are guarded by the Army, how can terrorists infiltrate without the knowledge and tacit support of the Pakistan armed forces and rangers?” asked the Defence Minister. Mr Antony said the bigger matter of concern for India is the shifting instances of ceasefire violations from the LoC to the IB but and added the Indian armed forces are fully capable of handling the situation efficiently. “They will handle it and they have all the freedom to do to,” he said.
Not mincing words, Mr Antony said the infiltration was going on with the support of “elements” in the Pakistani Army.
Speaking on the Border Agreement with China signed by the Prime Minister during his recent visit to that country, Mr Antony said that efforts should be made by both sides to avoid tensions along the border. He said now that a dispute resolution mechanism is in place in form of the agreement, there should be peace and stability on the border.
“Another development is that there is more military to military contact (between India and China),” he added.