Indian Army destroyed 3 Pakistani terror camps; infiltration has gone up post abrogation of Article 370: Army chief

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New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2019 8:45:02 PM

The retaliation from the Indian side came after the unprovoked firing by the Pakistan military in the Tangdhar sector when they were trying to push in a group of militants inside Jammu and Kashmir.

In the firing from the Pakistan side, two Indian Army personnel also lost their lives. (Representational Image)

Pakistan continues initiating Ceasefire Violation (CFV), in an attempt to infiltrate terrorists into the Indian territories, especially in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to create unrest post the government’s decision to revoke Article 370.

On Sunday talking to media persons on the sidelines of a sports event, the Indian Army Chief in response to a question said, “There are repeated inputs about infiltration by terrorists from across the border. These numbers have gone up since the abrogation of special provisions (for Jammu and Kashmir).”

On the CFV, the chief confirmed that based on the information available with the Indian Army “Around 6-10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and nearly as many terrorists.”

According to him, three terror camps have been destroyed. Adding, the fourth camp has been severely damaged.

Earlier in the day, highly placed sources had confirmed that “On Saturday night Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked CFV to assist infiltration by terrorists into Indian territories.”

Resulting in “calibrated escalation” of weapons by the Indian side targeting terrorist launch pads, Pakistan Army Posts and gun positions.

Four terror launch pads have been destroyed in Indian Army’s long-range precision-guided artillery ammunition. The Excalibur artillery round has Course Correctable Fuze and uses GPS technology to accurately guide a shell to its target, also facilitates midcourse flight path correction.

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There has been heavy unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Army on the civilians during which there have been one fatal and three non-fatal civilian casualties in Tangdhar. According to sources five Pakistani Army men were killed in retaliatory firing by the Indian Army in the Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the firing from the Pakistan side, two Indian Army personnel also lost their lives. The Indian Army has not shared the names of the two personnel lost.

“The Indian Army retains the right to respond at a time and place of it’s choosing in case Pakistan Army continues to assist terrorist activities across Indian borders,” explained sources.

The retaliation from the Indian side came after the unprovoked firing by the Pakistan military in the Tangdhar sector when they were trying to push in a group of militants inside Jammu and Kashmir.

Sources added that the Indian army had to resort to heavy artillery fire and had also in the process targeted a number of terrorist camps along the Line of Control (LoC).

Since the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir, the area has witnessed a rise in attempted infiltrations, heavy firing and targeting civilians. Recently, there have been reports of some cross border firing along the International Border (IB) in Kathua.

There has also been news about two Indian army soldiers killed in different incidents when Pakistan Army fired along the LoC in Baramulla and Rajouri.

Despite repeated requests being made to Islamabad to honour the 2003 ceasefire understand, it continues to push militants inside India. There were instances of 61 calibre escalation during September which means that heavy ammunition and the mortar was used to respond to the enemy attack.

There have been 2317 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2019 till October 10 and 147 terrorists have been killed in different operations on the LoC and hinterland.

Highly placed sources have told Financial Express Online that “the Pakistan Army is specifically targeting areas in South of Pir Panjal in Jammu & Kashmir while violating ceasefire agreement along the LoC. Pakistan Army is targeting the civilian population and the areas with a much higher population of Hindus.”

And, India has raised the issue of Pakistan Army targeting civilian population via Brigadier level talks on Oct 1, 2019.

Till September overall ceasefire violation in 2019 include around 129 CFVs in the KG sector, 287 in Bhimbhar Gali, 820 in Naushera, 151 in Sunderbani, 744 in Poonch.

“After the abrogation of Article 370, 85 cases of stone-pelting have taken place in September, while 5 civil protests and 3 instances of Bandh calls have been found, which is half of what happened in the month of August,” explained a source.

Also, almost 67% agitations in September is in Srinagar town itself. So far a total of 147 terrorists have been killed this year in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the Army Chief “Around six to ten Pakistan Army personnel were killed and three terror camps destroyed in retaliatory action by the Indian Army opposite the Tangdhar sector in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He also said that the defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the retaliatory action.

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