Media reports Army strikes across LoC; Army calls it fake

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The Indian Army is carrying out “pinpoint strikes” on suspected militant launchpads inside Pakistan-administered-Kashmir in response to the Pakistani military’s unrelenting efforts to push a maximum number of militants into India before the onset of harsh winters, unidentified sources in the security establishment told Press Trust of India (PTI).

The sources further added that in the last few weeks, Pakistan Army has been aggressively targeting civilians on Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) by resorting to indiscriminate firing by heavy calibre artillery guns to support infiltration of terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

As per official data, 21 civilians died in this year in Pakistani firing compared to 18 in the whole of 2019. The sources said intelligence-based targeted strikes are being conducted by the Indian Army to neutralise mostly Pakistani and foreign militants, and the collateral damage has been very negligible in these operations.

The new pattern being followed by Islamabad in “inciting” unrest and arm the youths in Jammu and Kashmir has been to avoid any trace of its involvement in view of the growing international pressure on it to take action against terror groups operating from its soil, they said.

“Pakistan has sought to target the peaceful villagers living alongside the Indian side of the LoC in order to send a message to the inhabitants of Kashmiri hinterland that to disobey Pakistani diktats and directives on terrorism will prove lethal,” said a military source. Time Now also reported quoting unnamed sources that the Army did “targeted strikes on terror launch pads”. 

The Indian Army mounted a major retaliation pounding several Pakistani positions with anti-tank guided missiles and artillery guns in which at least eight Pakistani troopers were killed and 12 others injured, reported the agency.

“Pakistan Army’s actions to exclusively target civilians are countered by Indian Army’s pinpoint strikes on suspected launchpads inside Pakistan-Occupied-Kashmir,” the source said, adding deaths of militants in the area are shown as civilian deaths by Pakistan in order to garner sympathy and aid from foreign donors.

“Increasing number of misguided youth who were lured by the false narratives from Pakistan and joined terrorist tanzeems are surrendering to the security forces after concerted efforts were made to reach out to them through their parents, friends and relatives,” according to a security official.

He said a revamped liberal policy of surrender and rehabilitation has encouraged militants to return to the national mainstream.

To mislead the international community and reduce signatures of Islamic identity of terrorists, the deep state has created new entities on the social media, the sources, adding the endeavour is to somehow catch the imagination of the youth and arm them. Apparently, these groups are unknown to people of Kashmir, they said.

Notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic in the region, Pakistan has been resorting to unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and making concerted efforts to push militants into Kashmir.

Pakistani hostilities increased after India announced its decision to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divide the state into two union territories in August last year.

However, later the army refuted the reports and called it fake. “reports of Indian Army’s action in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) across the Line of Control are fake, said Indian Army Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen Paramjit Singh.

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