The Army once again foiled a major attempt by a Pakistan Border Action Team (BAT) to strike a forward post along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Naugam sector on Sunday. Two Pakistan soldiers were killed when they foolishly tried to mount an attack on the Indian Post.
The attack was assisted by heavy fire from Pakistani posts, from high-calibre support weapons like mortars and rocket launchers.. And they attempted to move by exploiting thick jungles close to the LoC.
The surprising part was, as per the Army press release that said most of the intruders wore combat dresses like Pakistani regulars and carried stores with Pakistani markings. However Some were seen in Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and old-pattern Indian Army dresses. May be there was plan of infiltration also.
Search operations confirmed the elimination of two Pakistan soldiers and resulted in the recovery of a large cache of warlike stores. The rest escaped “taking advantage of the Pakistani firing and adverse weather and visibility conditions”.
“Army authorities have applauded the courage and perseverance of the alert troops. The Indian Army’s resolve to keep a strict vigil along the LoC and defeat all such nefarious designs of Pakistan will continue to remain firm and consistent.”
“From the recovery,” the Army said, “it was estimated that they intended to carry out a gruesome attack on the Indian Army forward post in Naugam sector.”
“The alertness and resilience of the…troops, who engaged and neutralised the intruders…eliminated a likely treacherous attack on the Army forward posts along the Line of Control on the eve of [the] New Year.”
“We will ask Pakistan to take back the mortal remains of deceased likely Pakistani soldiers since Pakistan did provide full covering fire support to these intruders,” the Army said.