An assessment by the intelligence agencies has put forward disturbing news. It says that more than 100 terrorists are ready in more launchpads across the LoC to cross over into India and carry out attacks. The BSF too claimed that its men have been noticing movement of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the border for the past few days.
The agencies have also indicated that Pakistan is making efforts to check the deployment of Indian forces and help terrorists get through. BSF Director Geneal KK Sharma said, “We have noticed UAV coming 100 metres up to the border … May be they (Pakistani forces) want to check our preparedness but I can assure you that we are fully capable of giving a befitting reply and we will not allow any nefarious design of terrorists to succeed,” BSF Director General KK Sharma said.
The officials further said the situation on western border is very ‘tense’ and the BSF and the Army are facing regular shelling from the Pakistani side.
“There is tension on the western border. We are having active engagement (with Pakistan) at the Line of Control and we are receiving shelling from the other side. However, we are in supportive role at the LoC (to the Army),” Sharma said.
The BSF chief added the force has not issued any order for vacating villages on the border and such directives may have been issued by the respective civil administrations of the states.
“We are even allowing Indian farmers to go to their farms which are beyond the India-Pak fence. We have never said vacate villages, people may have shifted out as precautionary measure. Now, people who had gone are coming back. There has been no untoward incident at the IB till now,” he said.
Talking about a recent incident during the beating retreat ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border, Sharma said a “stone” was thrown towards the Indian side but it did not hit anyone and the matter was brought to the notice of their counterparts the Pakistani Rangers.