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Army Chief: Too early to talk of further truce 

New Delhi: Emphasising that the onus of peace rests on Pakistan, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Monday said India was “waiting and watching” for quantifiable pointers to indicate if the two ongoing ceasefires in Jammu and Kashmir and on the border with the neighbour have worked.Talking to The Tribune at South Block, Gen Rawat said: “We are waiting and watching if the level of infiltration from across the border decreases manifold over a sustained period; that there are no major incidents of violence in Kashmir valley; and the Amarnath Yatra (starting June 28) goes off peacefully.” These could be the main parameters to judge the success of “peace” initiatives, he added.On May 16, India had announced a Ramzan ceasefire, suspending proactive operations against terrorists in Kashmir during Ramzan (ending June 16), while on May 29, Pakistan’s Director General of Military Operations called up his Indian counterpart and offered to abide by the 2003 agreed upon ceasefire along the LoC and International Border in J&K. India accepted the offer.On whether the ongoing “Ramzan ceasefire” could be extended, Gen Rawat said: “It is too early to say if there will be an extension.”

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