Infiltration in J&K Down by 43% Since Balakot Air Strike

Infiltration by Pakistan is down by 43% after the Indian Air Force strikes in Balakot. According to the Home Ministry

the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved in the first half of 2019 over the corresponding period of 2018.

 

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed the Parliament in a written reply, “The Government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration. Due to concerted and synergized efforts of Security Forces, the security situation in the State has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent.”

 

He also said that the Government of India in tandem with the State Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which inter-alia include multi-tiered deployment along the International Border/Line of Control, border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping Security Forces.

 

Meanwhile, MoS Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha that the terrorists initiated incidents have also seen a decline of 28%. “Terrorist initiated incidents saw a decline of 28 per cent, net infiltration reduced by 43%, local recruitment declined by 40% and neutralisation of terrorists has increased by 22%,” he added.

 

The Government was also asked whether the Centre has completed the work related to barbed wire fencing of borders. In February this year, the IAF had launched a major airstrike inside Pakistan’s Balakot targeting terror training camps linked to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). After the strike, the intelligence agencies had indicated a shift in Islamabad’s strategy against India.

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