Situation Along Loc Can Escalate Any Time: Army Chief

Army chief General Bipin Rawat - File Pic

NEW DELHI - Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said that the situation along the Line of Control can escalate any time and the country has to be prepared for escalatory matrix.

His remarks came in the backdrop of spurt in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August.

"The situation along the Line of Control can escalate any time. We have to be prepared for escalatory matrix," Rawat said.

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had told Lok Sabha last month that "950 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August 2019 to October 2019.

Indo-Pak Troops Trade Fire Along LoC

Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged gunfire in Karnah sector of the frontier Kupwara district, official sources said Wednesday.

They said Pak troops opened fire with automatic weapons and fired mortar shells targeting military posts and civilian areas at Line of Control (LoC) during the past 24 hours in Karnah sector, which remained cut off for the past one week from district headquarter Kupwara due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.

They said Indian troops also retaliated by targeting Pak posts across the LoC.

They said three houses suffered damage in the Pak shelling. However, no one was injured.

Sources said Pak troops are resorting to firing to provide cover to militants to sneak into this side from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PaK), where large number of trained militants are waiting at launch pads to sneak into this side.

However, sources said despite all odds, including harsh weather, troops remained on alert to foil any infiltration bid from PaK.

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