Pakistan trying to push more terrorists across LoC, India bolsters defences

02 June 2017

A General Engineering Reserve Force (GREF) labourer was killed and four others, including a BSF personnel was injured in Pakistani firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mankote and Krishna Ghat sectors in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

With Pakistan's Border Action Team  (BAT) desperately trying to push in fresh batch of terrorists, the Indian Army has deployed heavy artillery, including turrets of old tanks in service to target the enemy posts.

Security forces also shot dead two militants in a gunfight in volatile Sopore area of north Kashmir while a youth from Srinagar who had joined militancy last week, returned home.

Army sources say there are approximately 200 terrorists sitting along the LoC ready to sneak in with support from Pakistani security forces at a time when the Indian Army is busy flushing out terrorists from Jammu and Kashmir.

"We are seeing a heightened activity of Pakistani special forces Special Services Group along the Line of Control as they have been seen doing rounds at forward posts there," Army sources said.

"The inputs provided by the intelligence agencies suggest that Pakistan is also mulling another BAT attack. Heightened activity of Pakistan SSG Commandos in the Poonch sector is a clear indication of their intent. Pakistan Army regulars and militants are seen conducting reconnaissance," the sources said.

Pakistan is desperate to keep the current unrest in Kashmir escalating and the Pakistan army routinely breaks the ceasefire to provide cover terrorists sneaking in.

But, with India following an aggressive strategy to make Pakistan bear the cost of its misadventures, Pakistan is likely to change its strategy.

The Indian Army has eliminated over a dozen intruders plus terrorists in less than a week's time.

Sources in the Army said the force has also deployed heavy artillery, including turrets of old tanks in service to target the enemy posts on the LoC in a direct firing mode.

"In such firing, a Pakistani SSG operative had been killed in the middle of May while they were having a look at Indian posts on the opposite side," sources said.

The Army also destroyed Pakistani posts opposite Naushera sector in a bid to take the war to the enemy zone which had been sitting pretty on the border without bothering to get protection from firing from the Indian side.

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