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Pakistan May Increase Tensions Along LoC to Divert Attention from Internal Issues: Senior Army Commander | India News

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SRINAGAR: With the onset of winter, the possibility of Pakistan making desperate attempts to escalate tensions along the Line of Control to divert attention from its internal problems cannot be ruled out, according to a senior Army commander here.
In one interaction, Lt. Gen. BS Raju, who heads the strategically located XV Army Corps that is responsible for keeping vigil throughout the LoC and addressing militancy inside, said there are ongoing reports of 200-250 terrorists. on launch pads in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK) looking for an opportunity to infiltrate.
The senior Army officer also spoke about the District Development Council elections that had just concluded and said he was happy that the elections were being held peacefully and that people could vote to strengthen grassroots democracy in Jammu. and Kashmir.
“The time has come for elected representatives to work for the people and for the people to seek results in terms of development activity,” he said.
On the winter stance along the LoC where infiltration is more likely through lower heights, he said there are ongoing reports of 200-250 terrorists on launch pads in PoK looking for an opportunity to infiltrate.
“They will try to take advantage of the bad weather to infiltrate, but the security forces are focusing as much on direct infiltration into Kashmir through the LoC as on those attempted through southern Pir Panjal. The deployment in the LoC is robust. and it’s backed by layers of surveillance devices, “he said.
To divert “the attention of its people away from internal problems, Pakistan would like to increase tensions along the border by pressuring terrorists even during the peak of winter or by resorting to ceasefire violations. In both eventualities, we are ready and we will give an adequate response to such misfortune, “said the Army commander.
For internal political unrest in Pakistan, the senior Army official was referring to the threat given to the Imran Khan government by an alliance of 11 political parties, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, to resign before January 31 of next year.

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