Militants facing weapon shortage, in South Kashmir militants possess pistols only: GoC 19 Infantry Div

Baramulla, Sep 01: The army on Tuesday said that Pakistan has adopted a new trend to drop arms and ammunition close to the line of control (LoC) to fuel militancy in the valley but the same has been blocked by the security agencies jointly.

Addressing a press conference, General officer Commanding (GOC) of 19 Infantry division, Baramulla, Major General Varinder Vats said that Pakistan is frustrated due to blockade of infiltration and cooperation between the security agencies had forced it to push more advanced weapons into the valley. “But the halt in supply chain has left militants high and dry. In South Kashmir, militants possess only pistols,” he said.

He said that Pakistan is unrelenting in its effort to push in arms to strengthen militancy in Kashmir but alert troops along the LoC have been able to defeat the attempts.

The tactics used by Pakistan to smuggle weapons into India after facing frustration as all its infiltration bids have failed and that it was now trying to push in weapons by dumping the same in the areas close to the LoC, the army officer said.

“Pakistan task the Over ground workers (OGWs) who reside in villages close to the LoC to deliver the weapons to militants. But so far all such bids have failed,” he said, while referring to the multiple hideouts busted by the army in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Talking about the arrest of two local youth believed to be involved in yesterday’s grenade attack in Baramulla, the GOC said that two arrests have been made apparently and these individuals are suspected to be involved in the grenade lobbing. “We can’t connect the two with today’s development of busting of multiple hideouts,” the GoC 19 Infantry said—(KNO)

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