Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 14:03 IST
Around 30 Pakistani terrorists hiding in Rajouri-Poonch aim to divert focus from Ladakh: Def Source
Poonch attack: Defence sources revealed around 30 Pakistani militants are hiding in Rajouri-Poonch, potentially there to divert Indian troop focus from Ladakh.
Srinagar: Following the terror attack in Poonch on Thursday that claimed the lives of four soldiers and left three injured, recent reports from defence sources have revealed that approximately 25 to 30 Pakistani militants are hiding in the forested regions of the Rajouri-Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the sources, Pakistan's motive behind this resurgence is part of a larger strategy in collaboration with China. The aim appears to be putting pressure on the Indian Army to withdraw troops from Ladakh and redirect them to this region.
"There is a larger game plan by the Pakistan-China nexus to not allow India to ease out of the Jammu and Kashmir sector and deploy troops on the China border, especially in the Ladakh sector, where the PLA and Indian forces have been in a standoff for the last three years now," they stated.
In 2020, India had moved forces, including the Uniform Force of Rashtriya Rifles, from the Poonch sector to Ladakh to counter Chinese aggression. This move was aimed at strengthening Indian presence and pressuring the People's Liberation Army (PLA). However, recent intelligence suggests that over 25 Pakistani-trained militants have taken refuge in the upper reaches of the Poonch Rajouri sector within dense forest areas, possibly planning attacks on security forces.
The absence of the Uniform Force since its Ladakh deployment seems to have prompted Pakistan to dispatch its own terrorists to instigate attacks on Indian troops. This action is believed to be an attempt to compel India to redeploy its forces in the region.
In response to this threat, the Indian Army has increased its presence, deploying an additional brigade to counter potential terrorist activities. Recent efforts, as per reports, have reportedly yielded success in this regard.
However, tensions remain high following the terror attack on Thursday night, where heavily armed terrorists attacked two Army vehicles carrying troops in the forest area of Dera ki Gali in the Rajouri district. Following the terror attack, four Army personnel lost their lives while three others sustained injuries during the ambush.
The situation remains tense as security forces remain vigilant. Heightened security measures have been implemented to deter further attacks in the region.
Published December 22nd, 2023 at 14:03 IST