The presence of Pakistan army near the Line of Control have reportedly intensified, and the resident civilians are being made to pull back. According to an intelligence report by TOI, the civilian population was more visible in Jammu regions than Kashmir. Pakistan’s recent actions after the surgical strikes, happened especially after there was an increase in the Indian Army’s deployment near the LoC and the movement of residents near the international borders of Punjab and Jammu. TOI quoted a senior intelligence officer as saying, “An assessment of the intention behind Pakistani build-up would be guesswork at the moment but it seems like a precautionary measure against a repeat of the September 29 surgical strikes+ on terror launch pads located in PoK.”
As reported, this could be Pakistan Army’s fear that its Indian counterpart could strike PoK launch pads near the Jammu regions. Yet the bigger problem for security agencies is the displacement of jihadi cadres very near the LoC, which might be a possible threat of more infiltrations in the near future. An intelligence official was quoted by TOI as saying, “At this time, the international opinion does not support anything hot in terms of conventional conflict. Though the sentiment is also against cross-border terrorism, the fact that there is an element of deniability in covert action by Pakistan sponsored terror outfits may prompt Islamabad to use fidayeen rather than a conventional army to avenge the surgical strikes.” According to the sources, more than a hundred terrorits have started to move nearer to the launch pads after the Indian Army’s surgical strikes, and as of now, they might be taking temporary positions.
Agencies have also noticed that Pakistan has been shifting Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed typed of terrorist organisations, away from PoK towards the Army bases, to prevent more attacks from India.