October 2001 News

India denies troop movement along LoC

24 October 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: A day after Pakistan reportedly conveyed its concern over troop and artillery movement along the Line of Control (LoC), India on Wednesday said no such activity had taken place. ''We did not cross the LoC even during the 1999 Kargil conflict. There has been no movement of either troops or air assets along LoC,'' a senior Defence Ministry official said. The official was responding to a reported statement by a Pakistani Defence spokesman that the Pakistani Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) had on Tuesday contacted his Indian counterpart on hotline and voiced concern over artillery and troop movement along LoC during past few days. Terming the conversation between the DGMOs as ''routine'', the official said turnover of units of Indian army before the onset of winter had already been carried out in the last fortnight. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Inamul Haq had on Wednesday called Indian High Commissioner to Islamabad V.K. Nambiar and sought clarifications on Indian troop movement across LoC and reasons behind the tough-talking done by some Indian leaders on Indo-Pak ties. Diplomatic sources in Islamabad had said Nambiar had met Haq and discussed the latest developments along the LoC following exchange of fire since October 15.


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