THE ARMY Tuesday said preparedness along the Line of Control (LoC) is at the highest level to tackle any “misadventure” from the other side — whether by “regulars (Pakistani soldiers) or otherwise (terrorists)”.
On infiltration from across the LoC, especially over the last few months, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, Lt Gen Satish Dua said, “We do see presence (of militants) across the LoC. The very fact they (militants) are infiltrating at different places, and several encounters have taken place, is ample proof that infiltrators are still there.’’
Some infiltration has taken place but encounters along the LoC and the number of militants killed show the Army’s preparedness, Lt Gen Dua said in an interaction with the media after inaugurating Chinar 9 Jawan Club at Boniyar, in Uri.
The club is located 19 km from the army camp that came under terrorist attack last month.
The GOC said the rise in incidents of weapons being snatched from security forces in south Kashmir is a cause of concern. “There are some small police pickets where they (police personnel) are not able to take care of the situation if militants come in,” he said. “It is a cause of concern, and it is being addressed jointly with police.”
At least 28 rifles have been snatched from the police in nine incidents at different locations of south Kashmir since July.
Refusing to talk about the surgical strikes in PoK, Lt Gen Dua said, “The political and Army leadership have already given their viewpoint on it. I don’t have any different point of view.”