In a written reply, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said that government continues to take all necessary steps to safeguard India's territorial integrity and safety and security of people.

He was answering a question about instances of violation of ceasefire by Pakistan during past three months and the response of the governments of the countries to it.

"All such violations are taken up with Pakistani authorities through the established mechanisms of hotlines, flag meetings, weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs), as well as through diplomatic channels," the minister, a former Army Chief, said.

He said that it has been repeatedly emphasised to Pakistan, including at the highest level, the need for it to uphold the sanctity of the LoC and the IB in Jammu and Kashmir as its obligation emanating from the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration.

The minister also recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the UNGA on September 27 underlined Pakistan's responsibility in creating an appropriate atmosphere for a constructive and substantive bilateral engagement, which requires a peaceful environment without the shadow of terrorism.

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