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Heavy Pak army movement along border: Intelligence
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 3
A day after external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee said India could strike at terrorist camps in Pakistan if deemed necessary, intelligence agencies today revealed that the Pakistan army was in a state of ‘heightened activity’.

Inputs gathered by the agencies disclosed that the army was shoring up ammunition, sending men to their units and stocking additional rations. Also, there has been an increased frequency of reconnaissance visits by senior Pakistani army officers along the border in Punjab, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

Notably, the neighbouring country has not officially ordered any mobilisation of troops, while India has also denied that that any troops were being moved or the fighter squadrons were being readied for an attack. However, the agencies have brought to the notice of the government at least five-six issues that surely indicate movement by the Pakistan forces.

Sources said the Pakistan army has activated its artillery guns. The guns are being moved and the time required for moving them from one place to another and re-assembling them was being monitored, said a source.

All the training programmes have been suspended and the drills that need actual field practice are being enforced. Normally, winter is the time when a lot of training is done and tactics are refined. All the men at the training programmes are being moved back to their respective regiments. More ammunition is also being drawn. Technically, it means the personal arms of the men are being augmented. Another aspect that has been pointed out is the fact that senior officers have visited certain sensitive sectors along the border. The information of the Indian agencies is based on human monitoring and telephone intercepts. The information was first collated, then assessed and matched with other sources.

A major activity has been reported from the Lahore and Kasur areas that border Amritsar, Tarn Taran and Ferozepore. Movement is also being reported from North-western Rajasthan, besides the portion of the International border in J&K and the Line of Control.

Pakistan has been threatening the US that it will have to move its troops from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to the border with India, as it fears a military strike by India following the Mumbai terror attacks.



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