Dalbir Singh, the Chief of Army Staff General, visited at the Headquarters of Army’s Northern Command in Udhampur to review the India’s operational preparedness the area in the aftermath of heightened tension in Indo-Pak ties following the surgical strike targeting terror camps across LoC.
“Gen Singh arrived at Northern Command headquarters this morning and chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation and operational preparedness in Jammu and Kashmir, including along the Line of Control,” a Defence official said.
In what can be called as a reprisal for Uri terror attack, the surgical strike was planned and executed by the Northern Command.
In his visit, Singh, according to reports, complimented officers and men who “successfully” targeted seven terror launch pads located in Leepa, Tattapani, Kel and Bhimbar, the official said. Singh is scheduled to visit army’s Western Command to review operational preparedness.
The defence minstry has estimated that number of casualties was at least 40 on Pakistani side but there was no official confirmation. Security agencies have also rejected reports in Pakistan about Indian casualties during the operation, saying one member of the special forces received minor injury while returning but it was not due to any enemy or terrorist action.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Army, according to Indian Express report, has violated ceasefire yet again in Jaurian and Pallanwala in Akhnoor sector with mortars and small arms in early hours of the day.
To prevent retaliatory attacks from across the border, evacuation of villagers in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba region continues, with thousands of people being relocated to a safer place. Government has reportedly set up make shift tent camps and arranged food facilities for the dislocated.
Border areas such as Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat are put on alert with the Border Security Force (BSF) deploying its units along the International Border as a preemptive measure.
BSF has also reportedly restricted all civilian movement along borders with Pakistan and has also been asked by the Centre to provide manpower to the local administration for evacuation of people from border villages to safer locations.