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Pak continues to support proxy war in J-K, says Army chief

The “fragile peace” in Jammu and Kashmir was achieved at a great cost and now has to be maintained by building on the gains, Army Chief Gen. Dalbir Singh on Thursday said even as he accused Pakistan of continuing to support proxy war in the state.

On the occasion of 67th Army Day, Singh said that the past year was full of challenges for the army as it was engaged in effectively countering the “external threats” over vast land borders. It also efficiently handled internal security challenges and met its international commitments under United Nations, he said. “The spectrum of operations has significantly increased over time,” he said, noting that security challenges have grown and become more complex.

Referring to J-K, the Army Chief said that the security situation there, though stable, requires consolidation.

The handsome voter turnout in the just-concluded election in the state -- the highest ever for Assembly elections -- reflects the trust of the people in the security system, he said.

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