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Indian and Pakistani troops were involved in artillery duels for long hours extending into Wednesday morning with mounting casualties on both sides.Civilian casualties and also some among troops were reported on both sides , but both armies were cagey about disclosures.
Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh told Easternlink on Wednesday the “targeted strikes” on terror launch pads along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir would continue .
Singh said the fire assault would continue until the Pakistani infiltrators were eliminated or force to retreat to bases deeper inside Pakistan-held Kashmir , so their intended crossings into Indian Kashmir stood foiled.
Singh made it clear the Indian army would not ‘lower their guard at all’ in Kashmir and along the LOC , even as they continued to help the government in battling the C-virus.
“The Indian armed forces are prepared for all exigencies and we are prepared to defend our sovereignty from adversaries, whatever the scenario,” Singh said.
” On the LOC in Kashmir, we are dominating the enemy through targeted intelligence based strikes on their launch pads and eliminating them before they set foot on Indian soil,” Singh told Easternlink.
” We will foil the terror campaign planned and sponsored by Pakistan to undo the gains of Kashmir reorganisation , the world must take notice that Pakistan is trying to take advantage of the Covid pandemic to unleash terror on India,” Singh said.
Army Chief Gen Gen M M Naravane visited various forward locations along the LoC last week to assess the intensity of Pakistan’s “push-in-terrorists” operation .
Military sources said a large number of terror launch pads along the Pakistani side of the LoC were destroyed by the Indian Army in the last few days.
India has been retaliating strongly to the Pakistani “misadventure” by targeting terror launch pads and ammunition storage across the LoC.