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Onus is on Pakistan to maintain peace on border in J&K: BSF

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 16:01

Srinagar: Asserting that Indian troops are fully alert to foil infiltration attempts from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday said it is up to Pakistan to maintain peace.

"We will reciprocate in the same way the Pakistan behaves (on the borders). We will be the happiest people if they want to have peace on the LoC but if they attempt to violate the LoC they will be given a befitting reply, which we have been doing," Inspector General of BSF, Kashmir frontier, PS Sandhu, told reporters here.

The IG said attempts by militants to sneak into the valley from Pakistan are continuing.

"Infiltration attempts are continuing," Sandhu said, adding the militants are waiting for opportunities to sneak into the Valley.

"Every camp on the Loc is packed (with militants). Despite snow and severe cold, they have not withdrawn and are still there, looking for an opportunity to sneak in," he said.

However, the BSF officer said his men are fully alert to foil their designs.

"It is their attempts versus our alertness and I am sure we will not give them any chance. This is an issue which is very very serious," he said.

Sandhu said the increase in infiltration attempts depends on the internal situation in Pakistan.

"We will do whatever is required to be done (to scuttle infiltration attempts)," he said.

Earlier, 535 trainees, mostly from Jammu and Kashmir, were inducted as constables into the force after 38 weeks of rigorous basic training at a passing out parade held at its training centre in Humhama near Srinagar airport here. The 535 trainees included 526 from Jammu and Kashmir, three from Haryana, two each from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and one each from Punjab and Jharkhand.

Besides the regular training, the cadets were imparted training in counter-insurgency, anti-terrorism, commando operations, field engineering, field craft and minor tactics.

Sandhu lauded the role of officers and training staff of the centre in shaping the cadets to shoulder the responsibility placed on them.

The subsidiary training centre here has so far trained 13,450 recruits, 928 Comn personnel and 3557 Group "C" staff, which include 1,913 Kashmiri youth (including surrendered militants), who are now performing their duty in various parts of the country, a BSF spokesperson said.

The training centre was established on June 10, 1990 to impart basic training to recruits and cater to the training needs of the force in Kashmir, he added.

First Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 16:01
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