Rise in Pak infiltration bids in Jammu
6 September 2001
Jammu: Desperately trying to activate the Line of Control and international border in Jammu division and thus depict it as a “disturbed one” besides keeping the Indian Army heavily engaged, Pakistan has been making a number of infiltration bids in the region. According to defence statistics, Pakistan has made a total of 87 infiltration bids from the LoC in Jammu region since January to August this year. Thus, the figures show a startling increase in the number of infiltration bids made by Pakistan this year. Only 65 such bids were made by the Pakistani troops on the LoC last year while there were just 39 in 1999. Similarly, till August this year, 11 infiltration bids by Pakistani rangers have been foiled and 18 intruders gunned down. A total of 169 infiltrators were killed by the Indian forces on the LoC till August this year. The figures also show an increase in the killings of foreign terrorists this year in Jammu region which is a pointer to the fact that maximum number of foreign mercenaries have infiltrated to this region. Starting from January this year up to August, 379 foreign terrorists have been killed by the security forces in Jammu region which constitutes almost 65.4 per cent of the total number of mercenaries killed in this area. Last month alone, 41 foreign mercenaries were among 69 militants killed in Jammu region. Eighty-two foreign terrorists were killed in June this year. Even in the post-Agra summit period, Pakistan has changed its firing pattern on the LoC and the IB. Besides using small arms and heavy calibre fire, it has also resorted to mortar shelling. This year alone, 1,313 mortars (both 82 mm and 60 mm) were fired on the LoC in the Jammu sector.