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Ceasefire violated 6 times since February truce: Minister Nityanand Rai

New Delhi, August 3

Only six incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported ever since India and Pakistan agreed in February to observe all pacts related to cross-border firings along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border in Jamp;K, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported in 2020; 3,479 in 2019; and 2,140 in 2018.

While there were 380 incidents of ceasefire violations in January and 278 in February, there was not a single incident of ceasefire violation in March, just one in April, three in May and two in June.

The minister said immediate and effective retaliation by the Army and BSF personnel was carried out during instances of unprovoked firings and ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and the International Border (IB).

Rai said, “The onus is on Pakistan to create conducive atmosphere by taking credible, verifiable and irreversible action to not allow any territory under its control to be used for cross-border terrorism against India in any manner,” he said. — TNS

Peaceful resolution

India desires normal relations with Pakistan and is committed to addressing issues, if any, peacefully. — Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of State for Home

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