Infiltration in Kashmir: Indian army chief points finger at Pakistan

Published: October 9, 2013
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File photo of Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh. PHOTO: INDIAN ARMY

File photo of Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh. PHOTO: INDIAN ARMY

ISLAMABAD / NEW DELHI: 

Repeating its old allegations, the Indian army on Tuesday once again pointed the finger at Pakistan for supporting the recent infiltration at the Line of Control (LoC) which kept Indian army engaged for two weeks.

“A letter retrieved from the body of a militant has revealed irrefutable evidence that he was a Pakistani,” alleged Indian Chief of the Army Staff Gen Bikram Singh on Tuesday at a press conference near Delhi.

Speaking at the 81st Raising Day of the Indian Air Force, the Indian COAS claimed that seven militants had been killed while infiltrating at Keran and might have been part of a 40-member group. He ruled out that the militants dominated or occupied any area.

Singh clarified that the infiltration attempt was not an ‘intrusion’ as the enemy was not occupying higher ground but sitting in a ‘nallah’ (rivulet).

“Which adversary is going to be in a dominating position when sitting in a nallah ?” he asked. “It was a desperate infiltration bid which has been foiled,” Gen Singh told reporters. The army chief said that seven of the terrorists involved in the Keran sector had apparently pulled out from there and tried to infiltrate from other areas but all of them were gunned down.

Responding to recent allegations by Indian army chief, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry rejected allegations, saying that the menace of terrorism could not be defeated by indulging in blame game.

“Pakistan remains committed to meaningful engagement with India to defeat terrorism which is our common enemy,” Aizaz said.

Operation called off

The Indian army in Srinagar called off a two-week operation to hunt down suspected militants in disputed Kashmir after a series of gun battles in which, Indian media reported, at least seven fighters were killed.

“I have given directions to call off concerted search operation,” Lieut Gen Sanjiv Chachra told reporters after a visit to the line that divides the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan.

The general also said that 59 heavy weapons had been recovered from the Keran area of Kashmir, along with a large amount of ammunition and rations.

He claimed that markings on the weapons indicated that the rebels had received help from the Pakistani army for the operation.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 9th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ariba
    Oct 9, 2013 - 9:26AM

    I wish our Army was brave enough to answer this loser’s accusation. Oh wait Pakistani media will defend india at any given time.

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  • Shailesh Karanjkar
    Oct 9, 2013 - 11:48AM

    “Indian media reported, at least seven fighters were killed.”
    ET, they did not come for noble cause. So they were militants and note that they were coming from Pakistan side ! If Pakistan thinks otherwise, then, do not paint yourself victims of terror !

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  • Junaid
    Oct 9, 2013 - 11:55AM

    If the Pakistan Army wanted to infiltrate, the infiltration would have occurred without the Great Honorable Gen Bickering Singh Saab noticing. Stop this counter-productive finger pointing. The media needs to stop indulging this nonsense.

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  • manish rohera
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @Junaid:
    just google operation shala bhata and you will know the details common 59 weapons 18 Aks 14 day long operation involving 500 soldiers how can 35-40 men enter our territory where you have 2 lakh strong pak army on your side of border without any kind of help from them

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  • Hedgefunder
    Oct 9, 2013 - 1:52PM

    @Junaid:

    “If the Pakistan Army wanted to infiltrate, the infiltration would have occurred without the Great Honorable Gen Bickering Singh Saab noticing. Stop this counter-productive finger pointing. The media needs to stop indulging this nonsense.”

    Stop over estimating your Army ! They really are not that smart, as the whole world knows as to their duplicity in the WOT and fraud committed in their billing for expenses too !
    Check out the link below and one see that dead cockroaches lying by the LOC fences !
    How is it possible for them to even reach that point, without Pak Army endorsement and check out their supplies too, this simply can not be organised or supplied by any rag tag outfit, except the Army !
    Its really time that this Nation wakes up and acknowledges its flaws and actions, as its obvious that they are already on path to doom from within and also want to create havoc in the region.
    The Global Community is watching and their patience is wearing thin with Pakistan !

    http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/the-buck-stops-here/live-from-keran-sector-shadow-of-kargil-over-loc/293518?vod-related

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  • bilal
    Oct 11, 2013 - 2:25PM

    India keep it in your mind that pakistani are not sleeping.. Ok.

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  • pakiindi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:56PM

    @bilal:

    Please also tell them what Pakistanis can do when fully awake.. Indians have forgotten all about 1947-8, 1965, 1971 and Kargil. We are not going to surrender all the time; our Musharraf is still available, and we have the latest nukes with Chinese technology. Very soon the Amrikans will surrender when Imran stops their rations and ammo. Soon we will have drones also, because all US drones coming in from now onwards will not be allowed to return. So, beware and stop telling others about our secrets.

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