Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) of the Indian Army flew in the skies of Jammu throughout Friday night and the wee hours of Saturday scanning the sensitive areas as the security forces have been put on a high alert against Pakistan-backed terror strikes in Jammu and Kashmir.
All military and IAF stations and camps of other security forces have been asked to be on a high alert in view of Pakistan’s efforts to create trouble in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of the Article 370 and splitting of the state into two union territories.
Pakistan troops were almost daily indulging in mortar shelling in the areas along the International Border and Line of Control (LOC) in the Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts in a bid to push heavily armed terrorists across the border fencing.
Reports said that the terror launching pads in Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir (POJK) have been re-activated and repeated attempts were being made to infiltrate them. The Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh earlier this week warned that Pakistan’s attempts to push in terrorists into India will not succeed.
He said, “Should there be any misadventure by Pakistan Army, a befitting punitive response will be given which will be remembered for times to come.” Indian Army is fully prepared, equipped and ready to undertake any task along or across Line of Control (LOC), he said.
Indian Army is alert and has been able to foil all attempts of infiltration and was giving an effective response to ceasefire violations.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also appreciated the seamless cooperation and synergy being maintained amongst all the agencies which he said was the most critical aspect of successful counter-infiltration and counter-terrorist operations.
The Army, earlier this week, foiled a major infiltration attempt of terrorists backed by the Pakistan Army in the Uri sector of North Kashmir. The infiltration push was backed by heavy firing from the Pakistan Army posts. The attempt of the Pakistan Army was to push a group of terrorists into India to unleash violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
Alert troops at a forward post in the Keran sector of Kupwara district on 1 August foiled a Pakistan sponsored BAT attack in which a group consisting of seven of their soldiers and terrorists were killed. Pakistan did not accept bodies of even its killed soldiers.
Four Pakistani soldiers have been killed in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors where the Indian Army has been strongly retaliating to their unprovoked mortar shelling in the civilian areas.