Infiltration attempt by Pakistan at the LOC; Here's everything you need to know
Operation All Out at the LOC has resulted in the Indian Army fending off an infiltration attempt by Pakistan's BAT squad.
Over the past 36 hours, the Indian Army and Air Force have been on high alert. Although speculation on the cause of this has been rife, a Pakistan-led border infiltration attempt that occurred along the Line of Control today in the Mendhar Sector of Jammu and Kashmir seems to have justified the alert. At least 5 members of the Pakistani special forces have been killed by the Indian Army in the attempt.
Reports state that the Indian Army has successfully foiled several attempts to infiltrate the border by the Pakistani Border Action Team(BAT).
The operation began around 8.15 PM today, when Pakistan allegedly violated the ceasefire agreement without provocation, beginning along the LOC in the Mendhar Sector. They triggered the violence with small arm fire and mortar shelling. The Indian army retaliated in the trademark surgical strike method, neutralising the closest threats to the LOC.
In the last 36 hours, Indian Army has foiled an infiltration attempt by a Pakistani BAT (Border Action Team) squad in Keran Sector. 5-7 Pakistani army regulars/terrorists eliminated, their bodies are lying on the LoC, not retrieved yet due to heavy firing. (Source: Indian Army) pic.twitter.com/gBa89BuQ0M— ANI (@ANI) August 3, 2019
According to an Army spokesperson, “An attack of the Pakistan’s Border Action Team on a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) was foiled in Kupwara’s Keran Sector on Saturday, which left five to seven Pakistan Army regulars or terrorists dead. The Army will continue to foil Pakistan’s nefarious designs.”
The BAT squad attacked the Keran sector in particular, and reports say 5 to 7 intruders have been killed. The bodies of these BAT squad members shot down by the army are still lying at the LOC, as head firing in the area has prevented any attempts to retrieve them. Indian military personnel are still, nonetheless, attempting to undertake search operations to retrieve the bodies. Disturbing aerial images circulating the internet and several media channels show the bodies remaining in the gunned down position.
The BAT is an organisation well known for accepting terrorists into its fold, although the official line is that the squad comprises of special forces personnel of the Pakistani Army.
Indians are reacting to the battle victory with joy, referencing Operation All Out, the Indian Army’s master plan to flush out terrorist activity from the Kashmir Valley. Launched in 2017 as a joint offensive conducted by all Indian security forces, it focussed on the Lakshar-e-Taiba, Jais-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mijahideen, and Al-Badr. The objective of the operation is to be on constant alert and on the offensive until Kashmir is free of militants.
This being said, even as recently as January 2019, the very existence of the Operation has been disputed. The Governor of J&K, Satya Pal Malik, had issued statements saying there was no such plan in place, and that Operation All Out was a misnomer. However, he did concede that although All Out does not exist, there had to be a reasonable expectation of violence when security forces were attacked by militants.
Indian Army: Calibre escalation does take place during such ceasefire violations. Each side aims to ensure it's moral ascendancy & domination over Line of Control. However, Indian Army ensures that targets are only military and the terrorists who are supported by Pakistan Army.— ANI (@ANI) August 3, 2019
In June, reports stated that as a part of the operation, 130 local and 128 foreign terrorists, all belonging to different terror groups such as Lashkar, Al-Badr, and Hizbul, were identified as potential targets that had to be neutralised. The most number of terrorists on the list belonged to the LeT.
The most instrumental part of the blueprint discussed this June was it’s warning on the possibility of violence during the Amarnath Yathra, which began on June 29. Over the past week, the government in J&K, as well as the central government have been strongly advising pilgrims and tourists to return to their homes. According to the recommendations in Operation All Out, the Yatra route passes through areas where well-equipped terrorists have hideouts.
Prior to the surgical strike, with the Operation All Out recommendations, came intelligence reports that new consignments of arms were reaching the Valley from Pakistan. One such terrorist cache, including guns and IEDs, was found on Friday. Interestingly, these consignments contained Chinese made weapons and arms.