Pak Deploys Troops Along Border: Sources

11 January 2009
Etalaat News Service

Srinagar: Pakistan has deployed several army brigades along Indo-Pak border in Jehlum-Chenab and Chenab-Ravi corridors in the recent days sparking concern in the Indian armed forces, Army sources said in Poonch on Sunday The forces have been withdrawn from Pakistan's troubled north-western tribal belt where they were battling Taliban to put pressure on the US, which has been pressing Islamabad to act against terrorists operating from its soil, and diverted to the border with India, they said. Pakistan has depoyed several brigades (each comprising 4,000 to 6,000 personnel), including 33 brigade, 27 brigade, 7 brigade, 28 brigade, 331 brigade, two battalions (with 1,000 personnel each) of 37 Punjab and 39 Punjab Rawalkote in Hajira, Mandol, Hajipeer, Uri, Bhimber, Nikial, Kotli, Sailkote, Zafarwal, Neelam valley and other areas, sources said. 'The deployment has been a surprising move. It is an area of concern for us,' they said adding that the Pakistani side has already cleaned the bunkers along the borderline. The sources said 'several brigades involved in the war against Taliban in north-western tribal belt have been withdrawn and deployed along Jehlum-Chenab corridor in the past one week.' Some troops have also been deployed in Chinab-Ravi corridor. 'Pakistan wants to put pressure on the US by shifting troops from anti-Taliban operations. They are deploying them on border in the name of safeguarding its frontiers with India' by taking advantage of the tensions following the Mumbai terror attacks, they said. Meanwhile, a top Border Security Officer on Sunday reviewed security along International border in Jammu Kashmir. According to reports, Additional Director General of border security force (BSF) ADG U K Bansal, along with Inspector General of the force, Jammu frontier, A K Sarolia, toured the forward areas along the IB in the region and reviewed the security situation there, BSF officials said. Bansal visited the Octerio border out post (BOP) in the R S Pura border sector of the district and also interacted with the BSF personnel. The officers’ range and intelligence wings briefed him over security measures taken by the BSF on the ground along the border.