NEW DELHI: The Indian Army thwarted an attempted BAT (border action team) operation by the Pakistan army in the Sunderbani sector along the volatile Line of Control in Kashmir but lost a soldier while another one was injured in the heavy exchange of firing on Monday.
Army sources said radio intercepts indicated two Pakistani Special Services Group (SSG) commandos were also killed in the action. The BAT operation targeted an Indian post in the Nathua Ka Tibba area, which is located around 200 metres inside Indian territory, at about 2.30 pm.
“The post is surrounded by Pakistani positions from three sides. It often faces such attempts from the Pak Army
BAT operations are usually the handiwork of the SSG commandos, in conjunction with terrorists, trained for covert attacks on forward Indian posts across the LoC after careful reconnaissance and study of vulnerable spots and patrolling patterns of Indian troops.
The rival armies continue to pound each other with heavy mortars, anti-tank guided missiles and artillery guns along the 778-km LoC in J&K, with the intensity of the firing duels having increased after India’s pre-dawn air strikes on the major Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan on February 26.
The Army says it has recorded around 2,900 ceasefire violations (CFVs) by the Pak army already this year, which has broken all annual records since 2003. The number of CFVs was 971 in 2017 and 1,629 in 2018.