Army Destroys Pak Posts, PoK Terrorist Camps

The Indian Army has said that it caused heavy damage to Pakistan Army posts, gun positions and terrorist launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in cross-border firing . Six to 10 Pakistani soldiers are estimated to have been killed and several injured in Neelam Valley and near Leepa in PoK in the firing.

The retaliation follows Pakistan Army’s ‘unprovoked’ firing, including use of artillery guns, along the LoC in J&K’s Tangdhar sector to assist the infiltration of terrorists around midnight, officials said. Two Indian soldiers and a civilian were killed and three other civilians injured in the Pak firing.

“Last night, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation to assist infiltration by terrorists into Indian territories. As a result, calibrated escalation of area weapons was undertaken by the Indian side in which terrorist launch pads, Pakistan Army posts giving incidental protection to these launch pads and certain gun positions, were hit,” the Army said.

Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said that the counter-infiltration system along the LoC has been strengthened this year by deploying new surveillance systems and additional troops.

“We have put in a systematic and robust counter infiltration grid and foiled most of the infiltration attempts close to LoC. This year, we have further refined and deployed additional tiers of the CI grid so that if a terrorist gets past one tier, he can get caught in another tier. There are several tiers for the CI grid between the LoC and the hinterland,” he said.

Officials said the system will be automated. “Our surveillance equipment will identify an infiltrator and troops respond to the threat. It is work in progress. This year, we refined it,” an official said.

About 500 terrorists are undergoing training and preparing to infiltrate from 16 to 18 camps in PoK, despite the threat of the Financial Action Task Force sanctions on Pakistan, officials claim. Singh added that Pakistan is now trying to infiltrate terrorists through India’s international borders with it and other countries.

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