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|July 28, 2000||
Army stops anti-insurgency operations in J&K
The Army announced in Srinagar Friday that it had suspended offensive operations against all militant groups, in response to a ceasefire declared by the Pakistan based Hizbul Mujahideen, in Jammu and Kashmir.
Major General Basant Singh, Chief of Staff of the 15th Corps, however, said the troops reserved the right to retaliate if attacked by the militants.
He confirmed that the Hizbul has not violated the ceasefire, which came into force on July 25.
"We have directed field commanders not to take any action against militants, but if attacked, troops should take appropriate measures," Maj Gen Singh told reporters after addressing NCC cadets at the Badami Bagh cantonment.
Asserting that the troops were on full alert, he said that Pakistan may attempt to push foreign mercenaries into the state to keep the pot boiling.
He said the armed forces were fully geared to meet any eventuality on the Line of Control.
"Nobody will be allowed to sneak into the valley... Anyone who dares infiltrate into our territory will face the consequences," Singh said.
Welcoming the Hizbul's ceasefire declaration, he asked other militant outfits to follow suit.
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