950 cases of ceasefire violations along LoC between August-October
"Pakistan has been resorting to Ceasefire Violations along the LoC. There have been 950 incidents of CFVs along Line of Control and 79 incidents of CFVs along International Border in Jammu region during the last three months (August to October, 20...
Between August 5, when the central government virtually scrapped Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and November 15, 190 cases of stone pelting have been registered in which 765 persons were arrested as compared to 361 such cases from January 1 to August 4, junior home minister G Kishan Reddy told Lok Sabha in awritten reply.In the last calendar year, 1,458 cases of stone pelting were reported in which 3,797 suspects were arrested while in 2017 2,838 people were arrested in 1,412 cases of stone pelting. The number of stone pelting incidents hit a peak of 2,653 in 2016, the year alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was gunned down by security forces.
As many as 10,571 people were arrested on charges of stone pelting that year, official figures show. “Various separatist organisations and activists which are part of Hurriyat have been behind the incidents of stone pelting in Kashmir valley,” the minister said in his reply.
While stone pelting has come down, there has been a sharp spike in number of ceasefire violations by Pakistan after withdrawal of special status in Jammu and Kashmir. “There have been 950 incidents of ceasefire violations reported along the Line of Control and 79 such incidents on the International Border in Jammu in the last three months from August to October, 2019,” the minister said.
While Army guards the LOC, Border Security Force is deployed along the IB in Jammu region.
The total number of ceasefire violation reported so far this fiscal is more than 2,300 against 1,629 in 2018, as per the data provided by the defence ministry to Parliament. The number of such violations were 860 in 2017 and 228 in 2016. At times these violations are to help militants infiltrate into the valley, officials said. In 2018, there were 328 such infiltration attempts, out of which 143 were successful, according to the home ministry. Reddy also said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has charge-sheeted 18 persons in terror funding cases so far.
TOURIST VISITS DOWN
The number of tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir has declined after revocation of Article 370, the tourism ministry told Parliament in a reply. Between August and October, 3,410,319 people visited Jammu & Kashmir, down from 4,177,206 a year earlier. The number was 3,500,900 in 2017 (see graphic), the ministry said.