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Kashmir: India to keep pressure on Pakistan troops at the LoC

25 May 2017

Soon after the Indian announcement, Pakistani military spokesman Asif Ghafoor tweeted that the "Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LOC [line of control] are false". It was also reported in the Pakistan media that all forward operating bases of its Air Force had been made operational in response to Indian "threats".

The video was released a day after the Indian Army released a video claiming that it destroyed Pakistani posts along the Line of Control (LoC) with "punitive fire assaults".

The Army source said rocket launchers, anti-tank guided missiles, automatic grenade launchers and recoilless guns were used in the strike, and added that the "punitive fire assaults" across the LoC were being incorporated into the Army's counter-terrorism operations. "At times they have not even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of Line of Control", he said.

"The recent action by our troops in Nowshera sector has caused some damage to Pak army force which is supporting infiltration", Narula said. Indians tgt civ on both sides of LOC.

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Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Majeed Memon said it was needed of India to send the message across the border that our restraint and patience must not be mistaken to be our weakness.

Indian accused Pakistani troops earlier this month of murdering and mutilating Indian soldiers at the border, and vowed revenge for the "despicable" act.

Director Coats told the committee that relations between India and Pakistan remained tense following two major attacks past year by militants who he claimed had crossed over from Pakistan.

The army did not specify the date of the firing or the extent of the damage to the Pakistani posts but sources said the "fire assaults" were in response to the beheading of two Indian soldiers on May 1.

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"Islamabad's failure to curb support to anti-India militants and New Delhi's growing intolerance of this policy, coupled with a perceived lack of progress in Pakistan's investigations into the January 2016 Pathankot cross-border attack, set the stage for a deterioration of bilateral relations in 2016".

Manoj Joshi, who works at the Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, said that such cross-border operations were not new, but announcing them was part of a new policy.

"We salute the valour and sacrifice of the Indian Army". The government supported the Army's action, with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley saying it was to ensure peace in Jammu and Kashmir.

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