Pak Has Mobilised Additional Troops Along LoC: Indian Army

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NEW DELHI — Amid heightened Indo-Pak tension, security establishment on Wednesday said that Pakistan has mobilised additional troops and military equipment from its frontier with Afghanistan to forward positions in several sensitive sectors along the LoC in Kashmir.

The Indian Army on Wednesday also issued a stern warning to Pakistan, saying any further provocation or misadventure by it will have “dire consequences”.

Sources said the military officials of the two armies spoke over the hotline on Tuesday during which India had asked Pakistani side not to target civilian population along the LoC.

“Post our warning to the Pakistan Army not to target civilian areas, the overall situation along the Line of Control remains relatively calm,” the Army said in a statement while reiterating the warning on Wednesday about attacks on civilians.

According to the statement, the Pakistan Army resorted to intense and unprovoked firing with heavy caliber weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy guns.

“The same was effectively retaliated by the Indian Army. There have been no casualties on the Indian side,” it said.

A strict vigil is being maintained along the LoC and the international border and any further “provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences,” the statement added.

Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26.

Sources also post-Balakot strike, Pakistani side has mobilised additional troops and military equipment from its borders with Afghanistan to forward positions in several sensitive sectors along the LoC.

Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on February 27. However, the IAF thwarted their plans.

 Situation Along LoC Relatively Calm: Army

The Indian army on Wednesday said the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) was relatively calm following their “warning” to the Pakistan army not to target civilian areas.

“Post our warning to the Pakistan Army ‘not to target civilian areas’, the overall situation along the Line of Control remains relatively calm,” said Army PRO Lt Col Mohit Vaishnava in a statement, according to the Press Information Bureau

 “In the last 24 hours, the Pakistan Army resorted to intense and unprovoked firing with heavy caliber weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani, targeting Indian posts & civilian areas with Mortar bombs & heavy Artillery Guns,” he said.

“The same was effectively retaliated by the Indian Army. There have been no casualties on the Indian side.”

He said that the Indian army was committed to avoiding civilian casualties. “We would reiterate that as a professional Army we are committed to avoid civil casualties, especially along the Line of Control,” he said, adding all their actions were targeted towards the militant infrastructure, “away from civilian areas, to avoid civilian casualties.”

The army PRO said they were maintaining strict vigil along the Line of Control and IB. “Any further provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences,” he warned.

 

 


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