Why Indian Army is watching LOC closely

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Between 30 and 31 August, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat visited the Line of Control near Gurez, spent time with troops and, among other things, looked through binoculars across the border. General Rawat, a former general officer commanding of the 19 Infantry Division based in Baramulla, who has more than 15,000 soldiers across the LoC, was in the news for reviewing the operational preparedness of the structures. The photo, shared by the military on social media, immediately became a meme.

The Indian Army is watching the Line of Control very closely. And for good reason. Army officials say that Chatterjee – the region’s intelligence, radio confession, and interrogation of captured Pakistani terrorists – suggested that Pakistan’s deep state has restarted the infrastructure of terror. This infrastructure is used to recruit, inspire, train and eventually send hundreds of its citizens as terrorists to so-called non-state actors, such as Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). allows for. Across the Line of Control with India.

The mechanism to provoke this war of a thousand cuts has been going on for 30 years, almost without relief. In recent months, it only stopped once. On 26 February, when Indian Air Force jets bombed the JeM training camp at Jaba Top in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the terrorist network was brought to a halt. There is also the fact that Pakistan was also under intense scrutiny by the Financial Action Task Force on the financing of terrorism.

Pakistan has changed gears following India’s dramatic August 5 decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and divide the state into union territories. This has thwarted an attempt to globalize the issue, citing a complex multi-propaganda campaign, nuclear war, and a social media offensive. On the ground, it is pushing terrorists to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.

“After August 5, Pakistan is counting on building a terrorist network,” says a senior army officer. A war is going on. Anything can happen.”

According to the army, terrorist camps and launch pads have been activated in traditional militant hotspots across the LoC. Three ‘groups’ of terrorist training camps in Mansehra, Kotli, and Muzaffarabad are looking for recruits. They are being brought to the border where they are waiting for a ‘launch pad’ designed to cross the border with India. Army officials suggested that more than 100 militants have been deployed on the launch pad.

“There are desperate attempts to push more terrorists,” the official says. Successfully infiltrating terrorists have the potential to carry out mass casualties. And this is the real fear, military officials say. “There should be a major attack like Pulwama, the Indian state is not going to sit silent,” the official said.

Senior officials say another significant factor in efforts to revive the insurgency is the acute shortage of arms in the valley. Currently, terrorists crossing the LoC bring their weapons with them. This is insufficient to circumvent an underwriting. Therefore, there are frantic attempts to push into more weapons. Terrorist groups are attempting to smuggle a cache of weapons through the international border into Jammu and Punjab.

Meanwhile, Pakistan has deployed some forces to the east along the Line of Control. This, Indian Army officials say, was primarily to counter India’s deployment after the 27 February Balakot airstrip. Operation Zafran of the Indian Army was launched by Pakistan to counter the possibility of traditional reprisals. Pakistan retaliated by deploying 3-4 Infantry Battalions (800 soldiers each) on the LoC. These include some light commando battalions — well-equipped soldiers who are better trained than regular infantry. Other units include some Special Forces personnel, so-called border action teams or BAT mixed with terrorists.

The Indian Army remains constantly on high alert. Working on their side is a three-level security fence which is 550 kilometers along the Line of Control. The fence is thrown into three hilly terrains by the army from Ladakh, making it difficult for the terrorists to take refuge. The level of troops with the LoC was reinforced with a fresh brigade (2,400 soldiers) brought from Assam. “When a terrorist comes over the fence, we know,” says an army officer. 

Infiltration attempts to continue. The old handicaps, like the Special Service Group (SSG) commandos, were used to chase down the terrorists. Failure to prevent them from entering India can have frightening consequences.

Source: India Today

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