According to most recent reports, the Indian Army carried out a major artillery strike in PoK targeting terrorist launch pads in Jura, Athmuqam and Kundalsahi on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday in the wake of getting inputs of a large number of terrorists working there.
The weekend nightlong flareup on the Line of Control (LoC) was not a surgical strike but rather a precision artillery strike by 155 mm Bofors weapons, rarely utilized in the exchange of fire. The quick Indian reaction to Pakistani firing is in sync with the new strategy to convey fast reprisal and reflects vital affirmation replacing restraint.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday affirmed that around 6 to 10 Pakistani soldiers had been killed and three terror camps wrecked in in heavy counter to Pakistani endeavors to infiltrate militants into India.
General Bipin Rawat said, “Six to 10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and three terror camps have been destroyed.”
General Bipin Rawat said that the Army had confirmed information that terrorists are coming closer to the forward areas especially the Keran, Tangdhar and the Naugaon sector.
The military’s last hit on terror launchpad was in February after the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror strike in Pulwama. On that event, the Air Force had targeted a Jaish camp in Pakistan’s Balakot. In September 2016, the military had targeted surgical strikes on terror launch pads over the Line of Control.
Explaining that the present assault can’t be compared with a surgical strike or a Balakot type strike as it was a stage lower in the acceleration network, sources said it was “significant escalation” that was intended to convey a “solid sign” to the Pakistan Army.
The official Twitter handle of Pakistan Army’s representative claimed that it was the Indian Army who violated the ceasefire and in the process “targetted civilians.” “9 Indian soldiers killed, a few harmed. 2 Indian dugouts devastated. During an exchange of fire 1 soldier and 3 civilians were dead, 2 fighters and 5 regular people harmed.”
“Targeting innocent civilians by Indian Army is an attempt to justify their false claims of targeting alleged camps. Injured civilians evacuated to district hospitals. UNMOGIP as well as domestic & foreign media have open access to AJK (Azad Jammu and Kashmir/Pakistan administered Kashmir), a liberty not available in IOJ&K (Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir),” the spokesman said in a second Twitter post.
India’s action also follows remarks by defense minister Rajnath Singh cautioning that India would find a way to terminate terrorist training infrastructure in Pakistan if Islamabad was unable to do as such.
This was the third occasion of India directly targeting terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan-controlled domain since 2016.
In February, New Delhi utilized air power to take out a terrorist militant training camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa area. This came after a suicide bomber exploded a bus carrying paramilitary faculty, killing 40. In 2016, the Indian Army had sent in special forces to demolish launchpad over the accepted Line of Control in Kashmir.
New Delhi said Pakistan’s firing at Indian situations to push in terrorists is planned for fuelling a rebellion in Kashmir.
India’s counter comes days after the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) gave a distinct warning to Pakistan that it has time just till February 2020 to stem the flow of finance to terrorist bodies and fix banking channels or be put in a boycott alongside Iran and North Korea.
“Pakistan has been making threats urging Kashmiris to rise up against India,” said former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal, referring to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks after India scrapped a provision in its Constitution giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir and integrating the region more closely with India. “The message to Pakistan is that India will firmly deal with any terrorist threat from Pakistan,” Sibal said, adding: “It is New Delhi saying clearly that we will retaliate if there is any move to stoke trouble.”
An Indian Army representative said the Pakistani armed force opened fire “to assist infiltration by terrorists into Indian regions. “As a result, there was a rise of weapons undertaken by the Indian side wherein terrorist launch pads and Pakistan armed force posts, giving protection to these launch pads and certain firearm positions were hit.”
“The Indian Army retains the right to respond at a time and place of its choosing in case Pakistan Army continues to assist terrorist activities across Indian borders,” he added.
The Pakistani push on infiltration comes as India attempts to normalize the circumstance in Kashmir after Parliament annulled Article 370 of the Indian constitution presenting special status on the area. This has enraged Pakistan as it changes the shapes of any future talks between New Delhi and Islamabad.