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Infiltration on rise in J&K: Army chief

Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor on Friday said that cross border infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir has been registering an upward trend with attempts being made to "push in" from Pakistan as many terrorists as possible before the winter.

delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2009 19:56 IST

Observing that ceasefire violations by Islamabad were on the rise, Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor said the Pakistan army was resorting to firing on the border to push in maximum militants before winter to "disrupt" the peaceful environment of Jammu and Kashmir.

"The attempts of ceasefire violation have increased because this enables infiltration to be carried out when the firing is on and can be used as a diversionary tactic," he told reporters when referred to ceasefire violations by Pakistan and rise in infiltration by militants.

"Their (Pakistani army's) attempt is to infiltrate more and more people during ceasefire violation but we understand their tactics and take appropriate steps," he said.

To a question, the Army Chief said attempts would be made from across the border to "push in as many infiltrators as possible before the winter sets in. It is the trend that we are witnessing and the attempts of infiltration are going on."

This, he said, was part of efforts to "try and disrupt the stable and peaceful environment" in Jammu and Kashmir.

He said India keeps raising the issue of ceasefire violation with Pakistan during border meetings. "Our effort is to continue the ceasefire so that there are not many casualties and the two countries are able to maintain right relations," he said.

The Army exercises maximum possible restraint but takes retaliatory action whenever incidents of ceasefire violation take place, said Kapoor, who was speaking after signing of an MoU between the Army and IGNOU.