July 1999 News

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Reports of build-up of Indian troops along border, unfounded

27 July 1999
The Economic Times

New Delhi: India today termed as "ill-conceived and unfounded" reports in the American media about the alleged build-up by Indian troops along the border and said New Delhi had to be on the defensive in the face of Pakistan's aggressive posture.

In view of the "aggressive posture" of the Pakistan Army all along the Line of Control and the international border with India, "it was necessary for our forces to have taken the required defensive measures including remaining in a state of alert," an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

Replying to questions, he said throughout the period of Pakistan's armed intrusion and aggression in the Kargil sector, India acted with exemplary restraint which had been universally acknowledged and appreciated.

Asserting that the Indian posture was "a purely defensive activity", the spokesman said the reports in the US media about alleged preparations by Indian armed forces to enlarge the theater of operations were ill-conceived and unfounded.

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