General Manoj Pande, India’s Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), stated on Thursday, January 12 that the ceasefire agreement reached with Pakistan in February 2021 is holding well, but cross-border support for terrorism continues. The Indian Army Chief also emphasised the importance of’remaining alert’ in Jammu and Kashmir in the face of cross-border support for terrorism.

Indian Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande said at the annual Army Day press conference in Delhi, “In terms of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the ceasefire established in February 2021 is holding well on the Pakistani border, but support for terror infrastructure and terror groups continues. The parameters of violence have been significantly reduced. As a result, we must remain vigilant.”

Later in his speech, the Army chief stated, “Our adversary (Pakistan) has attempted to exploit minorities in order to conceal their failure in the Kashmir valley. The Army and the Central Reserve Police Force have increased their presence in these areas. The NIA has been tasked with conducting an investigation to learn more about it.”