No Kargil-like Situation In Kashmir, Says Indian Army Chief

No Kargil-like Situation In Kashmir, Says Indian Army Chief

4 October 2013
NDTV


Srinagar: Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh today said there was no 'Kargil-like situation' in Jammu and Kashmir, where an encounter to stop a major infiltration attempt from across the border has entered the 11th day. His comments came as two terrorists were reportedly killed this morning during another infiltration bid at Guguldhar area near the Keran sector where Indian troops have engaged in an encounter since September 24, when almost 30 terrorists tried to cross over from Pakistan. The encounter was on even as the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan met in New York and agreed to deescalate tension on the border as a priority. They decided that the Director Generals of Military Operations on both sides would interact regularly to ensure this, but no such conversation has happened since the PMs met on Sunday, September 29. Sources in the Army said they were likely to talk next Tuesday. There has been concern that the current infiltration attempt might lead to a situation similar to 1999, when India and Pakistan engaged in an armed conflict after Pakistanis occupied key posts in Kargil. Especially after reports suggested that at least a dozen terrorists may have dug into abandoned houses in the village of Shala-Batu in Keran, which is 100 km from Srinagar, to fire at Indian soldiers. But the Army chief denied this today. 'It is nothing like that. We are dominating from all sides and the terrorists are holed up. The terrain is very, very difficult, treacherous and they are stuck in that. We will get them out, it's a question of time,' said the army chief. Early this morning, two bodies were found along with weapons. The army says 12 terrorists were killed when the encounter began, but none of those bodies have been found. Though Pakistan has denied any role in the infiltration bid, the army says the Pakistan's Border Action Team may have been involved. There have been over 120 ceasefire violations this year - highest in eight years - along the Line of Control. The number of infiltration attempts from across the border has also doubled compared to last year.