Indian Army says it launched 'fire assaults' on Pak posts across LoC, releases video
The Indian Army on Tuesday said it launched "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control, inflicting "some damage", days after two of its troopers were beheaded.
It also released a video of the military action which showed some structures in a forested area crumbling in a heap under the impact of repeated shelling.
The Indian Army claimed of having taken proactive measure against infiltration attempts by Pakistan. Army says the video was shot on May 21st (WION)
Pakistan Army, however, dismissed as "false", its Indian counterpart's assertion of destroying its posts in the Naushera sector.
Though the Indian Army did not give much of the operational details of the retributive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) against Pakistan Army positions in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir which were "aiding" infiltration, sources in the force said the strike was carried out on May 9, nine days after two Indian security personnel were beheaded.
"A recent action by our troops in the Naushera Sector has caused some damage to the Pak Army posts, which are supporting infiltrations. This is part of our overall strategy to counter terrorism," additional director general of public information Maj Gen A K Narula told reporters in New Delhi.
The government supported the Army's action, with defence minister Arun Jaitley saying it was to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
"Government supports the actions of Indian Army across LoC. Such actions are needed to ensure peace in J&K," Jaitley tweeted.
Government supports the actions of #IndianArmy across LoC. Such actions are needed to ensure peace in J&K.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 23, 2017
"Indian Army is taking preemptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in valley and disengage Pak posts across LoC supporting infiltration," he said.
#IndianArmy is taking preemptive & measured actions to counter terrorism in valley & disengage Pak posts across LoC supporting infiltration— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) May 23, 2017
"Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LoC in Naushera Sector and firing by Pakistan Army on civilians across LoC are false," inter-services public relations (ISPR) director general Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a tweet.
PR277/17— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) May 23, 2017
No Pakistani post destroyed by India on 13 May. Indians tgt civ on both sides of LOC. Pak response restricted to mil tgts only. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/9971o9dQ9G
Sources in the Indian Army said the strike was a message to Pakistan that it will take stronger action with increased frequency against any infiltration attempts from across the border.
The 22-second video showed concrete structures being reduced to rubble amid plumes of smoke and balls of fire.
However, the area of the operation was not clearly identifiable in the clipping.
"As part of our counter-terrorism strategy and to ensure that infiltration is curbed and initiative remains with us, the Indian Army proactively dominates Line of Control.
"While doing so, locations aiding infiltration of terrorists are being targeted and destroyed to deny advantage to terrorists thus curbing infiltration attempts," said Maj Gen Narula. There was no official word on the casualty on the Pakistani side.
The Army sources said rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles and automatic grenade launchers and recoilless guns were used in the strike.
He said as part of the Army's counter-terrorism operations, "punitive fire assaults" across the line of control are being undertaken.
"Pak Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pill-boxes closer to the Line of Control. At times they have not even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of Line of Control," he said.
Maj Gen Narula said infiltrations are likely to increase with the melting of snow and opening of passes, and referred to the recent incident in Naugam where four terrorists were neutralised on May 20-21.
"This calls for even more proactive counter-terrorism operations"
"We want peace and tranquillity in the state of J&K. For this purpose, it is essential that the infiltrations along Line of Control are controlled which is essential to bring down the numbers of terrorists in J&K so that youths of J&K are not adversely influenced by terrorists," he said.