NEW DELHI: Total 18 Indian soldiers have been killed in the Line of Control by multiple acts carried out the Pakistani army, since Indian army’s cross border surgical strike on terror launch pads situated in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Reacting to Tuesday’s killing of three soldiers, defence minister Manohar Parrikar told security forces to retaliate in strongest manner after he was briefed by the vice chief of army Lt. Gen Bipin Rawat on the incident.
Army officials here in national capital are not calling Tuesday’s incident at act by Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), but it was a well coordinated act of Pakistan army and terrorists.
Pakistan has been aggressive on the border with about 380 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani forces at the line of control and international border.
Army sources, several desperate efforts have been made by the terrorists to infiltrate as only a small window left for militants to sneak before snow cover the passes and high altitude locations. Moreover, to carry out brutal action on Indian army, the commandoes of Special Service Group, who was found in action with terrorists close to the Line of Control.
Military sources said that Pakistan has deployed nearly 700 SSG commandoes on nearly 700 kilometers of border sharing India including 200 km of International Border and 740 km of Line of Control. An officer explained that around 15 platoon of SSG commandoes are deployed on Pakistan side that mainly form the core of its Border Action Teams (BAT) and its primary task to dominate by carrying out brutal military killing by long range snipers or an ambush.