India readies troops as Pakistan rattles arms across the border

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The security situation has been reviewed at a high-level meeting at Rajouri-based headquarters of 25 Infantry Division headed by 16 Corps Commander, Lt Gen D S Hooda. Gen Hooda has visited the forward areas and met field commanders, who briefed him about the situation and security set up along Indo-Pak border.

Security review has been made and vigilance has been mounted (along Indo-Pak border), Deputy GOC, 25 Infantry Div, Brig J K Tiwari had said. Northern Command Chief Lt Gen K T Parnaik had visited the forward areas and was briefed about the incident during his visit to Poonch sector on January 8.

"We face challenging situation along the border-- the area is difficult and we are always cautious and vigilant" Brig Tiwari had said.

BSF had put in place a winter strategy to deal with infiltration and Poonch-like raids by the Pakistani troops along the International Border (IB) in Jammu-Kathua sector.

"After taking into consideration the incidents that have taken place in the last 5-6 months, we have put in place a winter strategy to deal with such a situation", IG, BSF, Jammu frontier, Rajeev Krishna had said on Wednesday.

"We have activated the strategy after taking into all account all such incidents", he had said, adding vulnerable and strategic points have been identified including border outposts and security strengthen.

"We have put in place anti-fog devices and surveillance devices apart from manual patrolling in this difficult weather conditions along the border", he said.

Lt General Parnaik has briefed Governor N N Vohra over the killings. It is likely that a further meeting in this regard will take place between the Governor and the Army Commander in the next few days.

Hold sanctity of LoC, India tells Pakistan

New Delhi: India today told Pakistan that it had only resorted to "controlled response" to the "unprovoked" firing by Pakistani army yesterday along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

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