Unfortunate that Pak continues to foment trouble during pandemic: Army chief

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Srinagar: Condemning the concurrent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Army chief General MM Naravane, said on Friday, that when the world is battling the coronavirus pandemic, the neighbouring country has not stopped stirring trouble.

The army chief, who is on a two-day visit to the region to review the security situation amid the national lockdown and an unusual spike in ceasefire violations by Pakistan army, said, “It is very unfortunate that at a time when the whole world and India is fighting the menace of this pandemic, our neighbour continues to foment trouble for us.”

“While we are busy not only helping our own citizens but the rest of the world by sending medical teams and exporting medicines, on the other hand, Pakistan is only exporting terror. This doesn’t augur well,” he added.

On 5 April, five commandos and five militants were killed during an infiltration bid in Keran sector. This is the army chief’s first visit to a forward area after the lockdown was imposed to break the chain of coronavirus infections. He will return to Delhi on Friday.

The country has already lodged protests with Pakistan for the killing of a woman and two children in firing by Pakistani forces in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, a Pakistan-shelling had killed Shamima Begum, 35, and Javid Ahmad Khan, 17, residents of Reddi Chokibal and eight-year-old Zeeshan Bashir of Kupwara’s Tumna village.

According to the government, Pakistan violated the ceasefire 1,144 times between January and March, with the highest number of violations – 411 — recorded last month. The Pakistan army violated the ceasefire 685 times in 2019 and 627 times in 2018 for the period January to March.

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