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Pak sponsors terrorism to diverting people’s attention from its internal turmoil: Army

RAJOURI: Asserting that Pakistan’s calibrated support to terrorism is aimed at diverting the attention of its people from the “ongoing turmoil” in that country, a senior Army officer on Friday said the security forces continue to remain alert on the LoC to counter any attempt to disturb the peace in the region.

The officer said the security forces successfully thwarted a major infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on Thursday and defeated the nefarious designs of the neighbouring country to vitiate the atmosphere in Poonch and Rajouri.

“Pakistan’s calibrated support to terrorism continues with an aim to divert the attention of its people from the ongoing internal turmoil and target communal harmony in Poonch and Rajouri sectors,” the Army said in a press statement issued in Rajouri.

The security forces continue to remain alert on the Line of Control (LoC) to counter any attempt by inimical forces to disturb the peace and harmony in the region, the officer said.

Giving details about Thursday’s infiltration bid, Poonch Army brigade commander Brigadier Rajesh Bisht told reporters here that at around 9:30 am, the troops deployed along the LoC in Poonch sector noticed suspicious movements of three infiltrators, who were wearing Pathani suits and trying to sneak across the LoC in the Nakarkote area.

“When the infiltrators were challenged by our troops, they opened fire,” the officer said.

In the ensuing gunbattle, all three terrorists were eliminated. The troops subsequently found the body of one of the ultras, the officer said.

The bodies of the two other terrorists were taken away by the residents of villages in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) on carts, officials said.

“As the operation progressed towards the LoC, a weapon with bullet marks and numerous other war-like stores were recovered and a blood trail was also seen, leading towards the LoC,” Brigadier Bisht, who was accompanied by Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Rajouri-Poonch range, Haseeb Mughal, said.

Two AK-74 rifles with four magazines and 43 rounds, one Chinese pistol with seven rounds and a magazine, one Claymore mine along with cables and a battery, one SMG magazine, a bag, a pouch, combat colours, a packet of Gold Cup cigarettes made in Pakistan along with a lighter and a small packet of a contraband substance (likely for self-consumption) were seized during the search operation, officials said.


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