Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Sunday confirmed that casualties in Indian Army's retaliation in Neelum valley following Pakistan's ceasefire violation which had led to deaths of two Indian soldiers & one civilian. He said that as per information received to him there have been six-ten casualties and that a similar number of terrorists have been neutralised. He added that at least three terror camps were destroyed. The Army Chief said that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed and kept updated on the developments (of this operation).
"Ever since Article 370 was abrogated from J&K we have been getting repeated inputs of terror infiltration across the border. You have seen that normalcy is returning to valley gradually, the apple traders are doing business, the brick kilns are fuming and you can see smoke coming out there, schools have opened... Obviously someone is working behind the scenes at the behest of terrorists. Some within and outside the country, I would say Pakistan and PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) were trying to disrupt a peaceful return to the valley. Although all effort is being made by the security forces, the government, that peace, and normalcy remains in the valley and people of Kashmir benefit from the plans of the government of India. Of late we have received information that terrorists are coming closer from different sectors to infiltrate. We have seen activity in several areas.
The Army Chief gave the figures based on prima facie information available. He said that at least six-ten Pakistani soldiers were killed. He added that a similar number of terrorists were killed. He added that three terror camps were decimated and a fourth one too suffered in the attack. He reiterated that the Indian Army's move was retaliatory against Pakistan's support to terrorists' infiltration.
"Pakistan has been resorting to violate ceasefire to support infiltration. We had picked up definitive information that terrorists have arrived in some of the camps and that they are likely to infiltrate. Last evening an atempt was made in Tangdhar to infiltrate some of them where we retaliated. Pakistan began firing at our post in which we did suffer, two of our soldiers were killed, one civilian died. This was to ensure they can push in the terrorists. Before they can attempt the infiltration it was decided that we target the terrorist camps across, hence the camps were targeted, we had definitive information we had coordinates of the camps have emerged and in retlaiatory, the action was taken by forces. We have caused severe damage to terrorist infrastructure across and let me say that terror camps across opp Tangdhar and Keran sector were destroyed.
"Obviously people supporting the camps, the Pakistani Army force faced the brunt of our retaliation. As per our information six-ten Pakistani soldiers have been killed. Similar number of terrorists have been decimated. We are trying to get more information. Unconfirmed reports are telling us causalities to terrorists are more than the information we received. There is radio silence on their side, three camps have been destroyed. Obviously the Pakistani Army does not want to project the damage and then the world will know that no action is being taken to curtail the terrorism."
While saying that Pakistan has always resorted to terror to push its Kashmir agenda, he warned the neighbouring country about trying any more tactics to help terrorists. He said that the Indian Army will retaliate in a way which would cause superior damage than the damage perpetrated by terrorists and Pakistan Army. " Any action they will attempt, the reaction they will get will be far superior. Our advice to Pakistan will be to not perpetuate terrorism in our territory. They are under pressure from the FATF. It is better if they heed the advice of FATF and not provide any support to terrorism across the border in Kasmir or anywhere else."