500 Militants Waiting On LoC

NEW DELHI –  Indian security forces have been given full freedom to effectively deal with any infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir following inputs that around 450-500 well-trained militants are waiting at launch pads to sneak into the Valley PTI quoting unnamed security sources reported on Monday.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said Pakistan has reactivated the Balakot camp very recently.

The sources said a large group of militants are waiting at the launch-pads in Lipa valley on the Pakistani side.

According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based militant groups are likely to target vital installations in several key cities.

They said Pakistan’s plan is to create unrest in Kashmir with an aim to project to the international community that the situation in the Valley is deteriorating after India decided to withdraw special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The sources said the Army remains on high alert and has been given full freedom to deal with any security challenge “effectively”.

Army Commander Briefs Governor

The Army’s northern commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday briefed Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik about the prevailing security situation and anti-militancy operations in the state, a spokesman of the Raj Bhavan said.

Lieutenant General Singh met Malik at the Raj Bhavan and briefed him about the overall security situation in forward areas and hinterland and the anti-terrorist operations being conducted by the Army, the spokesman said.

He said the Governor called for continuing the current civil-police-army collaboration and synergy in combating terrorist activities.

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