New Delhi: A year after India destroyed a number of terror launch pads in Pakistan’s Balakot, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon on Tuesday said such launch pads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir are full. He said that India is giving a befitting reply to Pakistan army’s attempts to infiltrate terrorists under the cover of ceasefire violations. Also Read - Day After Release, Police Arrest 3 Kashmiri Students Again in Bengaluru For Sedition Charges

Lieutenant General Dhillon, who has been heading the strategic command of the Kashmir-based XV corps, is confident that Pakistan would never be able to succeed in its attempts to push terrorists to India. Also Read - UN Chief 'Deeply Concerned' Over Situation in Kashmir; India Says Need to Address 'Illegal Occupation' of Territories by Pak

“The peace in the Kashmir Valley has been cemented by security forces in coordination with various stakeholders including opinion-makers and mentors of the civil society,” Dhillon said. Also Read - Booked Under Sedition Charges, 3 Students From Kashmir Released in Bengaluru

Dhillon said this head of his posting in the army headquarters in Delhi. He had joined the strategic command in February last year.

Talking about the history of Pakistan’s proxy war, Gen Dhillon said the neighbouring country has been consistently aiding and abetting infiltration in India for more than 30 years now.

“All the terrorist camps and launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir are full. These terrorist cadres are desperate to infiltrate with the help of Pakistan army, who indulge in firing at our posts. Our befitting response to ceasefire violations has been swift, hard and punishing,” Lt Gen Dhillon told PTI.

Lt General Dhillon further added that the Indian Army’s main task is to keep terrorism at bay, both at the LoC and in the hinterland in conjunction with Jammu and Kashmir police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies.

He also stated that conducting effective anti-terror operations in a people-friendly manner in the inner areas has improved the situation in the Valley over a period of time.

Such people-friendly operations, he said, have benefitted local business, tourism and education sectors in the valley and will also improve the security situation and various government initiatives.