On September 16 in Srinagar(India), after security forces foiled an attempt at infiltration and killed three militants, Pakistan broke the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, the Army claimed on Saturday.
The eight-hour gunfire broke out early on Saturday when joint Army and police troops conducted a counter-infiltration operation in the forward region along the LoC near Uri’s Hathlanga hamlet in the Baramulla district of northwest Kashmir.
The security forces began the operation after learning from information sources that there were militants present in the area.
“Three terrorists have been eliminated. While two bodies have been recovered, firing from a Pakistan post in the vicinity of the LoC is coming in the way of retrieval of the third body,” according to a Chinar Corps official based in Srinagar. “The Army foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Baramulla district. Intelligence inputs from multiple agencies have been received regarding terrorist groups planning to infiltrate from across the LoC. On the basis of these inputs, the anti-infiltration and surveillance grid was tightened in the area and ambushes were sighted,” the spokesperson stated.
Leading government sources told CNN-News18 that the Government of India (GoI) has several options for retaliation following Saturday’s thwarted infiltration attempt.
According to the sources, “These infiltrators can’t be launched without the support of Pakistan army because these sectors are all manned and controlled by them. These heavily trained terrorists are sent, with support fire, deep inside the jungle. They are experts in ambush.”
OPTIONS 1 – 3
Top government sources provided the following choices:
Ending the truce: “We have the option of ending the ceasefire with immediate effect to save our borders,” sources stated. The interior ministry of Pakistan must pay the Defence Ministry a sizable maintenance fee due to the country’s extremely poor economic situation.
According to the joint statement between India and Pakistan from February 25, 2021, “strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight on February 24/25, 2021” was agreed upon.
Target on launching camps: “We can attack their launching camps where these infiltrators are sitting and breach their territory to save our interests,” the sources continued.
According to insider information obtained by News18 earlier, Pakistan has relocated all of its terrorist bases and launch pads close to the LoC in an effort to boost infiltration in the region. Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and Hizbul Mujahideen recruits are found in these terror camps, according to reports. According to the route maps obtained by News18, infiltrators use a variety of entry points to avoid being shot at by Indian security forces. All launch pads include trained terrorists, who are directly overseen by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, according to fresh intelligence information that News18 has access to.
Fusion of PoK and Gilgit-Baltistan: People in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, both of which are occupied by Pakistan, have been calling for a union with India, and their voice can be supported. In Gilgit-Baltistan earlier this month, tens of thousands of Pakistanis demonstrated against the arrest of Shia cleric Agha Baqir al-Hussaini for violating the nation’s blasphemy laws. If their leader is not freed, the protesters purportedly threaten Pakistan’s government with a merger with India. Sources claim that residents of Gilgit-Baltistan have been complaining about the “lack of facilities” and lamenting how they have been “left behind” in terms of development. The demonstrators’ catchphrase is “We have to risk our lives for small things.”
“The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has a majority mandate and is in a position to take any extreme step. No option can be ruled out and we are ready for anything once our political masters are convinced, the sources continued.
Two AK series rifles, a pistol, seven hand grenades, an IED, Rs 46,000 (Indian currency), Rs 6,000 (Pakistani currency), and war-related supplies, according to the army, were all recovered.
“This operation has once again highlighted the nefarious design of the Pakistan army in supporting terrorism,” according to the Army.
The ceasefire deal between India and Pakistan was reaffirmed in February 2021, and since that time, cross-border shelling and hostilities have fully ceased. However, militants have attempted to enter from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, but the security forces have largely thwarted these attempts.
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