May 25, 2020 | 11:36 AM IST
cross-border terrorism

Pak continues with brazen obsession of cross-border terrorism during Coronavirus pandemic

While the entire world is working on strategies to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, Pakistan is shamelessly continuing with its obsession of cross-border terrorist activities in India. 
Pakistan, on Sunday, once again violated ceasefire norms in North Kashmir’s Handwara and Kupwara, and the Indian jawans carried out an overnight operation. Five personnel of Brigade of the Guards regiment - Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Naik Rajesh, and Lance Naik Dinesh and a J&K Police Sub-Inspector Sageer Ahmad Pathan - were martyred in the line of duty. 
On Monday evening too, three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans of 92 Batallion were martyred at a security checkpoint in the same area while they were checking out some movement in the adjoining orchard.  The three constables have been identified as Ashwani Kumar from UP, and C Chandrasekar and Santosh Kumar from Aurangabad in Bihar. 
These incidents and even the previous acts of violence – especially since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, are a clear indication that Pakistan is at its usual business along the Line of Control (LoC).

India, even while it was under the 40-day lockdown, never compromised on its vigilance on the LoC knowing its stubborn neighbour. Meanwhile, the Indian Army has warned Pakistan of a befitting reply to these acts of violence. Army Chief General MM Naravane said that India will ‘respond’ appropriately and with ‘precision’ to Pakistan’s misadventures. 
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi without naming Pakistan, on Monday, slammed it in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit for ‘spreading other deadly viruses such as terrorism, fake news and doctored videos to divide communities and countries’. There is no degree to the level Pakistan can stoop to. Recently, it has come with a look-alike app on the lines of India government’s Aarogya Setu application. While the Indian application has been designed in the wake of Coronavirus to collect data, the fake ArogyaSetu.apk has been developed by Pakistan-based intelligence operatives.

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