Militant camps, launch pads still active across LoC: Northern Army commander

Militant camps, launch pads still active across LoC: Northern Army commander

New Delhi, Jul 11: Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the commander of the Jammu and Kashmir-based Northern Command, has said that Pakistan has taken no action with respective to cracking down on and dismantling militant infrastructure present across the Line of Control.
Speaking to a news channel, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said militant training camps and launch pads are still operational across the LoC in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK). Lt Gen Singh, who was the director general of military operations during the post-Uri surgical strikes across the LoC, said that Pakistan sponsored militancy remains a big threat in Jammu and Kashmir.
Despite repeatedly cautioning Pakistan, no action has been taken to dismantle the India-centric militant infrastructure, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also said.
Lt Gen Singh was speaking to a news channel at the Tololing peak in Kargil’s Drass sector.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh’s comments come after various reports said that Pakistan had shut down various militant camps across the Line of Control in PaK.
The camps, however, are still functional, the northern army commander said, adding that militants have been making various attempts to infiltrate into India. The attempts have been unsuccessful, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh’s comments come months after tensions between India and Pakistan peaked following Pulwama attack that killed 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force.
In response, the Indian Air Force launched an airstrike on a town called Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The airstrike ramped up tensions even more and was followed by a rare dogfight between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force over Jammu and Kashmir.
An Indian fighter pilot — Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — was downed and captured by Pakistani forces during the dogfight. His release two days later cooled tensions between India and Pakistan.