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Pakistan intensifies attempts to push terrorists into J&K: Defence Minister

BY ANDALIB AKHTER / NEW DELHI

India’s Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said that Pakistan had increased attempts to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir through the border but due to the heightened vigil, many infiltration attempts have been foiled by the Indian forces.

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In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Mr Jaitley said that the Indian Army has domination and impact along the western border and all steps have been taken to check infiltration from across the border.

He said, due to the heightened vigil, many infiltration attempts have been foiled. He said, there have been 285 incidents of ceasefire violation so far this year through the LoC, compared to 228 last year.

The Minister said, there were 221 ceasefire violations along the International Border which is guarded by both the Border Security Force and the Army.

Replying to another question, Mr Jaitley said, the Army has constructed an anti-infiltration obstacle system (AIOS) along the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. He said, radars, sensors and thermal imagers along with surveillance have been incorporated on the border fence to detect and intercept infiltration by terrorists.

The Minister said, the threat perception to secure the borders and protect national interests are reviewed regularly.

Mr Jaitley said, the government is taking measures to ensure modernisation of Indian defence forces to keep them in a state of readiness to meet operational and security challenges.

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Indian defence Minister in China

PARIKARDefence Minister Manohar Parrikar arrived in Shanghai on his first official visit to China. During the visit, Mr Parrikar will hold talks with the country’s top political and defence leaders.

The Defence Minister’s visit comes amid concerns in India about China’s move to block its bid to have Jaish-e-Mohammad Chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the United Nations in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Pathankot air base in January this year.

The tour follows high-level visits by top Chinese defence officials, including Central Military Commission Vice Chairman General Fan Changlong, to India last year.