Infiltration continuing unabated from PoK: Antony

 
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Kaman Post, Line of Control (LoC), July 27: Defence Minister A K Antony today said there were continuous attempts from across the border to infiltrate heavily-armed militants into the Indian side.

However, he expressed satisfaction that peace has prevailed on the borders for the past nearly four years when both India and Pakistan announced a ceasefire on November 26, 2003. The truce came to be known as Eid ceasefire as it was announced by the two countries on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr that year.

Mr Antony was speaking at the 'Kaman Aman Setu (Peace Bridge)' on the LoC with Pakistani Army personnel looking curiously at him from the other side.

''I am happy to note that peace has been prevailing on borders between India and Pakistan since the past nearly four years. I hope this peace will continue,'' he added.

The Defence Minister said the Indian armed forces were alert to foil any nefarious designs to create disturbances in the country.

He also called for strict internal vigil as some vested interests were out to foment trouble in the country.

Earlier, the helicopter, carrying Mr Antony, Army Chief General J J Singh, General Officer-in-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) Northern Command Lt Gen H S Panag, XV Corps General Officer-in-Commanding (GOC) Lt Gen A S Sekhon and other Army officials besides some journalists, landed at Uroosa amid warm welcome by the locals.

The Defence Minister and other officials had to trek some distance even cross a road patch badly damaged by landslides to reach the Kaman Post in Uri sector.

This is his maiden visit to the Kashmir valley after becoming the Defence Minister of the country.

During his two-day visit, Mr Antony, besides touring forward areas in Uri, will hold a meeting with senior Army and civil officials in Srinagar.

He is also scheduled to meet Jammu and Kashmir Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and other officials in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mr Antony will visit forward areas in Tangdhar sector of north Kashmir tomorrow before leaving for New Delhi.

UNI

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