“We are in a state of alert,” the officer said. “Despite the present lull, threat is ever-present, as the enemy cannot be trusted — especially after the surgical strikes (along the LoC on September 29).”
Starting from Chamb in Jammu northwards to the point where it disappears into the snow of the Siachen Glacier, the dotted line on the map is symbolic of the existential hostility between India and Pakistan that has played out for 70 years.
India on Tuesday alleged that Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, stepping up the tension between the tense neighbours.
Pointing out that he disclosed his identity as Abu Bakar Suhag, son of Amin Hamza and resident of Astilla, Pakistan, sources said that he was apprehended by security forces while roaming near village Agreychak.
Pointing out that these villagers had been staying at their native places despite heightened tension along the borders, sources said that the mortar shelling started around 3 am and it continued till 8 am.