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Pak deploys additional troops along border

Poonch, January 11
Pakistan has deployed several Army Brigades along the Indo-Pak border in Jehlum-Chenab and Chenab-Ravi corridors in the recent days sparking concern in the Indian security forces, defence sources said here today.

Sources said: “Several brigades involved in the war against Taliban in north-western tribal belt have been withdrawn and deployed along the Jehlum-Chenab corridor in the past one week.” Some troops have also been deployed at the Chinab-Ravi corridor.

“Pakistan wants to put pressure on the US by shifting troops from anti-Taliban operations. They are deploying them on border in the name of safeguarding its frontiers with India” by taking advantage of the tensions following the Mumbai terror attacks, they said.

Pakistan has deployed several brigades (each comprising 4,000 to 6,000 personnel), including 33 brigade, 27 brigade, 7 brigade, 28 brigade, 331 brigade, two battalions (with 1,000 personnel each) of 37 Punjab and 39 Punjab Rawalkote in Hajira, Mandol, Hajipeer, Uri, Bhimber, Nikial, Kotli, Sailkote, Zafarwal, Neelam valley and other areas, sources said.

“The deployment has been a surprising move. It is an area of concern for us,” they said adding that the Pakistani side has already cleaned the bunkers along the borderline. — PTI



BSF reviews IB security
Tribune News Service

Jammu, January 11
Amid reports of the heavy deployment of troops along the border and the Line of Control (LoC) in the Pakistani side, senior officers of the BSF today paid a visit to various positions along the International Border in the state.

Additional Director General (ADG) of the BSF UK Bansal along with Inspector General, BSF, Jammu frontier, AK Sarolia visited the forward areas along the International Border to take stock of the situation there.

According to official sources, the ADG reviewed the security situation at the forward Octroi Border outpost in the RS Pura border sector and also interacted with the jawans there.

The officer was briefed over the security measures taken by the BSF on the ground along the border.



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