Udhampur: The Army’s Northern Command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said on Friday that Pakistan shall be “punished” if it carries out activities detrimental to India and asserted that befitting replies were given to the neighbouring nation for violating ceasefire.
The Army commander’s comments came in the wake of fatalities in sniping incidents along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu region in the last few days.
“The message is very clear for the troops on the ground that if Pakistan did not stop from carrying out activities, which are detrimental to our national interest along the LoC, they (Pakistan) shall be punished accordingly,” Lt Gen Singh told PTI on the sidelines of a function here to felicitate teachers of Army Goodwill schools.
Three Army soldiers and a porter were killed and four others were injured in sniping incidents along the LoC in Jammu’s Rajouri and Poonch district last week.
“There has been regular sniping incidents from an area along the LoC and we have regularly (lodged) protests with our Pakistani counterparts on their sniping activities. If they have carried out any ceasefire violation, we have given them a befitting reply,” Singh said.
The Lieutenant General also said that “as far as infiltration attempts from across the LoC are concerned, Pakistan has continued with its efforts to give impetus to infiltration.”
The Indian Army is deployed all along the LoC and “we have been able to thwart all attempts by Pakistan to push in terrorists toward our side”, he said, adding the security situation in the State’s hinterland is stable, but remains fragile.
Goodwill schools were started in 1998 and currently, the Northern Command runs 45 such schools under Project Sadbhavana.
Twenty-four teachers from across Jammu and Kashmir received awards from Lt Gen Singh for their innovative skills in teaching, Defence Spokesman, Jammu, Lt Col Devender Anand, said.
Singh exhorted the teachers to be role models and mould students to be responsible citizens.
The Sadbhavana Project provides education to 15,000 students and employs 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff, Brig Vikram Nagpal said.
The awards were sponsored by the Bharti Foundation and included cash prize, trophy and a certificate.
Assistant Manager Bharti Foundation Dr Rohit Koul said the organisation has been providing quality and technical education to support to the Goodwill schools for nearly three years.
The CEO of Bharti Foundation Lt Col Vijay Chadda (Retd) was also present on the occasion.
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