Indian Army has domination over border with Pakistan: Jaitley


He said there were 221 ceasefire violation along the International Border which is guarded by both the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army.

Jaitley also revealed the data of total ceasefire violations from Pakistani side and till August 1 there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, wherein 2016, only 228 violations were reported in the entire year.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jaitley said securing the border was a "continuous process" and there is not a task that is incomplete. "Our Army dominates the western border", Jaitley said while declining to divulge the details of the equipment and technology deployed to secure the border "in national interest".

"The Line of Control and IB are safe", the Minister said.

"Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations and other tactical incidents by Pakistan Army, as required, is carried out by Indian Army".

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India's Defence minister Arun Jaitley today assured the Parliament that all the forward posts are adequately strengthened to withstand enemy fire. "Besides, there are well-established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to safeguard against enemy fire to minimize own casualties", he added in the statement tabled in the House.

Further, the areas along the borders are kept under surveillance by regular patrolling by troops and other aerial, optronic and electronic means.

"This is being achieved by inducting new equipment, technologically upgrading existing equipment and systems, training etc".

Jaitley was responding to queries to members during Question Hour on strengthening the lines of defence. He said recently the government has announced the special allowances for defence personnel which were more than what the 7th Pay Commission had recommended.