Intelligence inputs have revealed that following the Uri attack, Pakistan Rangers has canceled the leave of its personnel deployed along the Indo-Pak border in J&K and Punjab in apprehension of a retaliation from Indian forces.
Highly placed sources in the Army informed The Indian Express that the Headquarters of the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore issued these directions immediately after the Uri attack. A senior officer informed that the number of Pakistan Rangers deployed along the border have also been increased and that any gaps which existed in their deployment due to shortage of manpower have also been filled.
‘The intelligence intercepts and ground based information also reveals that the senior officers of the Rangers, including those who hold the appointment of Wing Commander have also been asked to position themselves in forward areas. The Wing Commanders have, in fact, been instructed to stay overnight in forward locations till the situation is re-assessed by higher headquarters”.
There are several posts of Pakistan Rangers which are known to be functioning as staging posts to infiltrate terrorirts belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad as well as Lashkar-e-Toiba. These terrorists are first concentrated in a detachment in Sialkot before they are dispersed to different locations of Pakistan Rangers posts along the Indo-Pak border to be pushed into India.
The Border Security Force (BSF) deployment along the Indo-Pak border has also been put on heightened alert after the Uri attack. The traditional routes of infiltration along various ‘nullahs’ which abut the Indo-Pak border starting from the Pathankot sector in Punjab to jammu have been placed under increased surveillance in order to prevent any ingress of terrorists, inform BSF officials.
Meanwhile, the GOC-in-C Western Command, Lt Gen Surinder Singh, is also learnt to have visited the Jammu military station and order border deployments to take stock of the security situation along the Indo-Pak border in the area. This was the first visit of the Army Commander after taking over on Friday. The Army’s Western command is responsible for the defence of the International Border till Akhnoor.
During the visit to Jammu, Kathua and Samba areas, Lt Gen Surinder took stock of the security apparatus in the sensitive areas. He reviewed the deployment in the entire region and emphasized on the need for ensuring high degree of alertness and operational preparedness. He also stressed upon the need to coordinate the intelligence network of all agencies in the region so that prompt actions can be undertaken to defeat the designs of the adversary.
The Army units along the Pathankot-Jammu highway and in the vicinity of Pathankot have also been put on increased alert following the Uri attack. There are several such units which dot the area and after the terror attack on Dinanagar and then Pathankot the state of preparedness in this area had always been higher than normal, a senior officer disclosed. However, no specific information regarding this area had been circulated, he added.