Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the situation in Kashmir has seen a lot of improvement and assured that the government will get it under control. Singh informed media that 368 terrorists have been neutralised between 2014-2017 by the Army. Speaking about countering the Left Wing Terrorists (LWE), Singh said that there has been a 65% increase in the elimination of these militants and an increase of 185% in their surrender. Singh also said that despite having one of the largest Muslim populations in India, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not managed to establish a hold in the country. Although the government authorities have been successful in the nabbing of more than 90 sympathisers of the ISIS, the Home Minister added.
Earlier on Friday night, a civilian had been wounded in another ceasefire violation by Pakistan, that included unprovoked shelling of mortal along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, ANI reported. The Pakistani forces had violated the ceasefire at 11 PM on Friday. In reply, India had retaliated strongly to the unprovoked firing. According to the Indian Express, the Pakistani forces had fired 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, alongside automatics and small arms fire. According to ANI, Pakistan has also violated the ceasefire in Krishna Ghati and the firing still continued at the time of filing this report.
Poonch was the receiving end of another ceasefire on Thursday. A General Reserve Engineering Force (GREF) labourer had been killed, along with 5 others, among which was a head constable of the Border Security Force. According to reports, 1000s of people are known to have migrated from the villages across the LoC to deeper inland and safer places like the Nowshera sector.