“27 soldiers have been martyred in various incidents only along LoC,” said Jaitley.

The Indian Army is deputed along Line of Control (LoC) and small portion of International Border (IB) in J&K bordering Pakistan and a long Line of Actual control (LAC) on Indo-China Border, which in the past ten years i.e. 2004-2013 have witnessed a drastic increase of ceasefire violation cases.

“All ceasefire violations are taken up with the concerned authorities of Pakistan at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the Director Generals of Military Operations,” said Jaitley.

“In the bilateral talks held on 27th May, 2014 during Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and tranquillity at the borders and upholding the sanctity of the Line of Control (LoC),” he added.

Asserting on the steps being taken by the government to safeguard its troops, Arun Jaitley said, “The government is fully seized of the safety of the Indian soldiers and requisite measures are taken on an ongoing basis for their safety as per the threat envisaged.”

The number of ceasefire violations (CFVs) in Jammu & Kashmir during the last three years has drastically increased. In 2011, 62 ceasefire violation incidents were registered, whereas in 2012 the number raised to 114. It increased to 347 so far this year.

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