Pakistan’s military movement along LoC normal: Army chief

Army chief Bipin Rawat on Tuesday said Pakistani military movement and deployment of resources along the Line of Control are normal as every country takes some precautionary measures.Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a seminar on defence startups, organised by the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers and the Confederation of Indian Industry, General Rawat said every country takes “precautionary deployment and movement of precautionary resources and one should not be too concerned about them as they were normal.”After the removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation as Union Territories last week, Army sources had said that they expected infiltration and ceasefire violations to go up along the LoC in the coming days.Asked about it, General Rawat said, “If the adversary has to activate the LoC, the choice is his.”On the security situation on the LoC after Kashmir developments, he said that as far as the Army and other services are concerned “we have to be always prepared. The assessment is should anything go wrong we are prepared.”
Separately, sources in the Army, said the restrictions on communications in Kashmir has also disrupted the communications of terrorist groups. As per intelligence reports, terrorists have been told to lay low and decrease their activities, the sources noted. In addition, the Army was conducting domination patrols, thereby disrupting the operations of terrorists, the sources added.Following reports of a possible terror threat from sea, senior Navy officers had stated that the “country’s coastal security set-up is on high alert.”

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