December 2001 News

Pak men, machine move towards border

17 December 2001
The Pioneer

Jammu: In signs of a military build-up on the Indo-Pak border, increased Pakistani troop movement has been noticed close to the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir despite completion of their winter exercise, top defence sources said. Changes in tactics in deployment of heavy weaponry close to LoC and IB have been witnessed in the increased Pakistan troops movement during the past few days, the sources told PTI. ''They have continued their build-up even after completing their winter exercise some time back,'' the sources said and added that Pak troops continued to be retained in respective sectors including north and south-east of Sialkot, Jalalpur, Gujranwala and Mirpur Kharian. Pakistani authorities have cancelled leave of all jawans and officers deployed in locations close to the Indo-Pak border in these sectors, sources said, adding that troops on their side have also been kept on ''high alert.'' There is a heavy build-up opposite the Indian side of Jammu, Poonch and Pathankot corridor in particular and other areas in general, the sources said. Any build-up in the Jhelum-Chhamb and Chenab-Ravi corridors is always a threat to India as sensitive areas from Akhnoor to Samba and Pathankote fall opposite to it, the sources said. Pakistani troops have already completed their winter exercise and should go now, they said. But instead they have stayed and intensified their active movement. Emphasising that the Indian forces cannot take chances, they said the troops have been asked to be vigilant and alert all along LoC and IB. The regulars from the 10 and 30 Corps of Pakistani Army deployed in the area have been reinforced with additional troops to strengthen the offensive formation and consequently the build-up has become a sizeable one. Troops from 12, 31, 11 and 1 Corps which are specialised in combat operations have been rushed here. This troop movement is backed by amassing of heavy arms including armoured personnel carriers, tanks and other hardware, which show that troops are being readied for combat operations, he said. This build-up comes in the wake of Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf''s meeting with senior Corps commanders to take stock of the situation arising out of the December 13 fidayeen attack on the Indian Parliament.


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