Gauhar Zahid Malik
Reports reaching Pakistan have confirmed slow but steady transfer of Indian armed forces and war machines along Line of Control as Indian cyber force has launched what may be termed as soft-attack activities against Pakistan.
Pakistani officials are concerned over recent Indian troops and material movements along Chammb-Jaurian Sector in Akhnoor and close to the International Boundary. Reports confirmed that India has alreadymobilized two Army divisions along with hundreds of tanks and armoured vehicles.
The heavy deployment has alarmed Pakistani officials and led to speculations that Indian armed forces may try to launch a limited “misadventure” against Pakistan within next few weeks before heavy snow fall in December.
Pakistan Observer has learnt that India’s 10th Infantry Division already based at Akhnoor is now backed by the Reorganised Army Plains Infantry Divisions “Rapids” and heavily armed with sophisticated weapons.
A number of “Rapids” have been mobilised in the area recently backed by two infantry brigades fully equipped with heavy artillery.
Rapids also receive support from reconnaissance and support battalion, an engineer regiment, a Signals regiment and latest surveillance with target acquisition equipment.
The Indian reinforcement at Akhnoor is apparently designed to secure a most strategic bridge which if occupied can off Indian-occupied areas of Nowshera-Rajouri-Poonch area from Jammu.
Meanwhile preparations to hand over Pinaka rockets to the Indian armed forces units deployed along LoC and International Border with Pakistan were also underway in India. India’s Pinaka rockets are considered as a strong deterrent against tactical nuclear weapons. Pinaka rockets are fired from a 12-barrel rocket launcher and use 1.2 tons of high explosives in less than a minute.
The limited war preparations by Indian forces came within days after Pakistan DGMO Maj Gen Shamshad Mirza and Indian Army DGMO Lt Gen A K Bhatt held a brief telephonic conversation during which Pakistan protested India’s continued cease fire violations. But the Indian official rejected the protest by saying that Indian armed forces reserve the right to retaliate.
Pakistan has already informed its allies and friends that India was threatening to impose a limited war on Pakistan. Troop reinforcements have also been noticed along three Sectors of Chappar, Harpal and Charwa in Sialkot district while unusual movements have also been detected along Chappar, Harpal and Charwa sectors.
Indian forces have also begun mass evacuation of civilian populations from International Border sectors of Ramgarh in Samba district and Arnia and RS Pura in Jammu. There have also been exchanges of fires at Line of Control (LoC) in Balakot sector in Poonch district.
Meanwhile Indian officials are intentionally feeding the local media with unconfirmed and unauthenticated reports claiming that Pakistan had stored its nuclear forces at nine different locations across the country, particularly Balochistan.