National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 20 February 2018
On the evening of 18 February at about 1715h Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars and engaged our troops deployed in forward posts on the LC in this area. Our troops responded with retaliatory fire in equal measure.
The alert troops noticed some movement and immediately engaged the group with effective fire. There was immediate retaliation from the armed intruders. The supporting and covering fire from Pak Army posts with a view to cover the move & help in extrication of the armed intruders continued unabated.
In this ensuing firefight, one armed intruder was killed and at least two others sustained grievous injuries and were seen returning back towards Pakistani post.
Subsequent search and sanitization operations carried out resulted in recovery of one body in combat fatigues. The recoveries made are:-
(a) 3 live RPG Grenades
(b) 4 disposable Rocket Launchers
(d) 2 IKOM radio set
(e) 1 AK Magazine
(f) 2 Molotov cocktails
(g) 4 UBGL grenades
(h) 7 Hand grenades
(k) PIKA belt fired
(l) 1 Mobile Phone
(j) 3 back packs
(k) Medical satchel
(l) Pak National flag
The modus operandi adopted by Pakistan army and their sponsored and supported terrorists in this instance is similar to the previous attempts made in the recent past in incidents like one at Keri, Gambir and Sunjawan. Pak reg Army & SSG have provided fire Sp & abetted ops by Non State Actors who have been utilised as dispensable Cannon Fodder. The heavy recovery of weapons like disposable RLs, Rocket propelled grenades and incendiary ammunition clearly indicate implicit support of the Pakistan army to target and cause causalities while maintaining a degree of deniability. It is not understood how the Pak Non State Actors are regularly sacrificed to fulfil the agenda of the Pak Army. After the Sanjuwan incident, Pak has refused to accept the bodies of their citizens- we will be offering to hand over the body of the armed intruder killed yesterday to Pak Army.
Pakistan continues in its nefarious designs of supporting and abetting infiltration across the LOC contrary to their stated “Water tight arrangements along LC to check terrorist movement” has been amply quashed by this attempt. The statement by Pak COAS yesterday at Munich Conference in Paris in which he said that there are no terrorist safe havens in Pakistan has proven to be hollow. Pakistan has been supporting terrorism in a systematic manner with complete support of Pakistan Army.
Pakistan has repeatedly failed to respect and fulfill its CFV agreement and Jan 2004 commitment for ‘Not allowing its soil or territory under its control to be used for terrorism against India’.
It is clear that Pakistan has never been interested to bring about peace & stability in J & K. They have been vitiating the atmosphere both along LC & Hinterland.
The ‘White Knight Corps’ is keeping a strict and constant vigil across the LOC and all the security force are prepared to thwart any nefarious designed of Pakistan sponsored terrorists.