Srinagar: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “the world is talking about our army”, a top commander in Kashmir said that “the Indian army is ready to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC ” or Line of Control, the de facto border between India and Pakistan.
PM Modi did not directly mention the cross-border raids carried out last month, but said, “Israel used to be known for this sort of action. Our army has proved it is no less.”
On September 29, soldiers trekked into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir to target seven gathering areas for terrorists. Neither the government nor the armed forces have commented on how many terrorists were killed. The army has spoken of “significant casualties” inflicted on the other side of the Line of Control, while stating that all Indian soldiers returned safely.
Pakistan says India is misrepresenting firing along the Line of Control, which is not unusual, as unprecedented military strikes in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir. Intel and security agencies have warned of retaliatory action, including possible terror strikes. There are nearly 100 terrorists waiting to infiltrate India from Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, the government has been advised.
“Along the LoC, our preparedness is of the highest degree. The Indian Army is ready to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC, whether it is by regulars or otherwise,” said Lt General Satish Dua today, the commanding officer of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps.
India’s military action came days after an army base in Uri in Kashmir was attacked, leaving 19 soldiers dead. PM Modi is fronting a campaign to also have Pakistan diplomatically isolated.