The Indian Army on Saturday foiled the attempts of Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector of Jammu and Kashmir, and killed five to seven intruders, as informed by a defence spokesman in Srinagar. In a major development, the Indian Army has offered Pakistan to take over the mortal remains of the 5-7 Pak BAT Army regulars/terrorists.
As per news agency ANI, the Indian Army has asked Pakistan to approach with a white flag and take over the dead bodies for last rites. However, Pakistan is yet to respond to the offer.
As per sources, the BAT attempt was made on the intervening night of July 31 and August 1. The BAT generally comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army and terrorists. As per the defence spokesperson, Pakistan has made multiple attempts in the last 36 hours to disrupt the Amarnath Yatra and disturb peace in the Valley. Several terrorists have also been killed in the past few days in the Valley by the Indian Army, including Zeenat ul Islam, Umar Wani and Khalid Bhai.
In the statement issued on Saturday in the matter, it was also stated that the forces had recovered cache of sniper rifle, IED and mine with Pakistan markings. 'This clearly indicates the complicity of Pakistan in terror activities. Security forces will continue to respond to all nefarious activities along LoC and hinterland,' the statement said.
Earlier on Friday, Jammu and Kashmir government had issued an unprecedented security advisory asking Amarnath Yatris to cut short their stay and return as soon as possible from the valley. The advisory was issued considering the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir valley.
"Keeping in view the latest intelligence inputs of terror threats, with specific targetting of the Amarnath Yatra, and given the prevailing security situation in the Kashmir Valley, in the interest of safety and security of the tourists and Amarnath Yatris, it is advised that they may curtail their stay in the valley immediately and take necessary measures to return as soon as possible," the statement read.
(With PTI inputs)