Pakistan has increased infiltration attempts: Jaitley

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on August 3, 2017. PTI Photo/TV Grab

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi on August 3, 2017. PTI Photo/TV Grab

Pakistan has increased attempts to push terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir through the border, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley told the Parliament.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said that because of Indian Army’s “domination and impact” along the western border, there have been “record high” casualties on the Pakistani side.

He also said that several infiltration attempts were foiled because of the vigil of our security forces.

There have been 285 incidents of ceasefire violation so far this year through the LoC compared to 228 such incidents in the entire 2016 along the LoC in which eight people had lost their lives, Jaitley said.

He also added that there were 221 ceasefire violation incidents along the International Border which is guarded by both the Border Security Force and the Army.

Replying another question, the minister said the Army had constructed an anti-infiltration obstacle system (AIOS) along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, under its operational control.

Radars, sensors and thermal imagers along with surveillance have been incorporated on this fence to detect and intercept infiltration by terrorists, he said.

“Fortification of border is a continuous process. Anti- infiltration steps like obstacle systems, technical gadgets have been installed by the Army and enough steps have been taken to check infiltration,” he said.

Jaitely said the government regularly reviewed the threat perception to secure the borders and protect national interests.

(With inputs from PTI)