A clear surge in cross-border shootings – usually used to divert the attention of troops and cover up infiltration efforts – was observed last month, with the first six days of April witnessing this ongoing trend of violence. This, even when intelligence estimates show that local recruitment has declined sharply this year, with only six Kashmiri youth bound by terrorist groups.
Sources say that terror factories in Pakistan are continuing training modules and launching pads along the border from where the last push to cross was also active. The recent meeting in the Tap sector – where five special forces soldiers were killed while deploying a group of terrorists who infiltrated – also showed Pakistan’s clear hand, with the restoration of food packages and other supplies that had clear marks.
“This operation clearly shows Pakistan’s involvement in helping abetting terrorism in the valley. This action is very despicable because the whole world is fighting Covid-19 and its aftermath and here is Pakistan, aiding and abetting infiltration, “said the Srinagar-based Corps 15 commander, Lieutenant General BS Raju said. The surge in violence can also be seen from the increase in meetings that took place this year.
Security forces have fielded 41 terrorists in Kashmir this year, against 152 killed last year. This is expected to rise because terrorists have tried to push from the LoC in areas where the border fence is still buried under several feet of snow.
“The impact of Covid-19 is being reported in Pakistan but it can be seen that the army there has been deployed. But we have not seen any indication that terror activities are slowing, “an official told ET.
Term of ceasefire violations, 1,197 incidents of cross-border shootings by Pakistani forces have been reported this year, with March alone seeing as many as 411 violations.
Officials pointed out that this was a big jump from last year when March saw 267 violations. Desperation to encourage Pakistani terrorists may be related to the decline in local recruitment by terror groups, perhaps because of the clamp in the valley that limits movement.
Intelligence estimates show that six local residents have been recruited so far this year, against 119 who took up arms last year. Each of these six years consists of two Anantnag and Shopian and respectively from Kulgam and Pulwama.
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