The government on Tuesday came out in support of the Army’s assault on Pakistani posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir involved in aiding infiltration of terrorists into India, saying such measures are needed for peace in Jammu and Kashmir.
Naushera is a town and tehsil in the Rajauri district in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is 124 km from Jammu and 45 km from Rajouri.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the Army is taking preemptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in the Kashmir Valley.
“Government supports the actions of Indian Army across LoC. Such actions are needed to ensure peace in J&K,” Jaitley tweeted.
Though the Indian Army did not give much operational details of the retributive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) against Pakistan Army positions in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir which were aiding infiltration, sources in the force said the strike was carried out on May 9, nine days after two Indian security personnel were beheaded.
On May 1, Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT), which comprises the special forces, killed two Indian soldiers and mutilated their bodies under the cover of shelling by Pakistani troops in Krishna Ghati Sector in Poonch.
“A recent action by our troops in the Naushera Sector has caused some damage to the Pak Army posts, which are supporting infiltrations. This is part of our overall strategy to counter terrorism,” Additional Director General of Public Information Maj Gen A K Narula told reporters here.
“The Pakistan Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pill-boxes closer to the Line of Control. At times they have not even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of Line of Control,” Narula said, also highlighting the fact that, “Infiltrations are likely to increase with melting of snow and opening of passes.”
“It is essential to bring down the number of incidents in J&K so that the youth are not influenced,” he added.
Maj. Gen. Narula also said that Rocket Launchers (RL), Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM), Automated Grenade Launchers (AGL) and recoilless guns were used to carry out the operation. He further said that as the snow in the Valley melts and the blockage on the passes opens, increase in infiltration will be expected.
In an unprecedented move, the Army released a video of “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani posts in the Naushera sector of the Line of Control (LoC) to underline its proactive stance in counter-terrorism operations in Kashmir, which is said to have been conducted on May 9.
The Army has so far maintained that it only opens fire in response to ceasefire violations by the Pakistan side, but it has now acknowledged that it is launching such punitive fire assaults across the LoC proactively.
The video was released to dispel the notion among people that it was not aggressive on the LoC, where it has lost men this month to a border action team of the Pakistan Army and while countering infiltration by militants, according to sources in the Army.
Sources in the Indian Army said the strike was a message to Pakistan that it will take stronger action with increased frequency against any infiltration attempts from across the border.
In the clipping that dates back to May 9 shows bunkers on Pakistani side being decimated in an assault by Indian army. The 22-second video showed concrete structures being reduced to rubble amid plumes of smoke and balls of fire.
However, the area of the operation was not clearly identifiable in the clipping.
According to defence experts, the assault may have claimed lives of 25-30 people including Pakistani soldiers and terrorists.