Army not to relocate from strategic posts

Patrolling Intensified Along Line Of Control

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Jan 9: In the wake of reported surge in the incidents of firing along Line of Control (LoC), Army has decided against withdrawal of troops from any strategic part of Jammu and Kashmir particularly near the LoC.
In the last three days, Indian and Pakistani Armies exchanged heavy fire in Uri sector of Baramulla and Poonch sector of Jammu Division. In Uri sector Pakistan alleged that Indian Army killed their solider after trespassing LoC. In Poonch sector Pakistani soldiers allegedly crossed into Indian territory and ambushed an Army patrol party killing two soldiers.
Sources in Army said that despite heavy snowfall in the high altitude areas of the Valley, soldiers are not going to vacate from any of the bunkers or posts on the Line of Control “The Army has not stopped operational movement in any part of Kashmir nor Jammu,” they said.
Around 15 to 20 feet of snow has accumulated at many places along the LoC and high-altitude belts. Sources said that unlike in previous years, soldiers will not move back from forward posts in the Teetwal, Keran, Kel, Nowgam and Machil sectors in Kupwara in north Kashmir and from Gurez and Kanzalwan areas in adjoining Baramulla district.
A senior Army official here said not a single bunker or place had been vacated by the troops following snowfall, avalanches or snowstorms. “Our troops manning the LoC are fully equipped and can remain there for months,” he said, adding Army’s bunkers and units on the LoC were well protected from snow storms and avalanches. “Tactically and topographically, our posts are situated in such a manner that avalanches can’t cause damage to the posts or bunkers.”
He said all the posts on the LoC and on the ridgelines were self-contained in every respect. “Only we are issuing alerts to the troops from any weather problems and avalanches,” he said.

PATROLLING INTENSIFIED ALONG LOC
In the aftermath of ceasefire violations, Army has intensified patrolling along LoC. Police officials, monitoring the situation said they have reports that movement of soldiers all along the LoC in Kashmir and Jammu division has increased manifold. “We have reports that movement of soldiers in Karnah, Keran, Machil, Jamagund has increased as the residents have witnessed soldiers patrolling LoC in these areas very frequently,” a senior police official said. “In Jammu Division the situation is not different,” he said.
Army said that though soldiers on LoC are always alert, but the two recent incidents have brought worries. “Our soldiers are more alert now to meet any eventuality at LoC,” a senior Army official of Udhampur based Northern Command said. “There is no doubt that patrolling at LoC has been intensified. We are monitoring the situation and are ready to meet any eventuality,” he said.

‘SITUATION NORMAL’
At the same time, Army said that situation at LoC in Kashmir as well as in Jammu Division is quite normal. “Situation at LoC is normal today.  Our troops are always alert on LoC,” said Udhampur based Public Relations Officer (PRO) Defence, Lt Col Rajesh Kalia.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 9 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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