Union Minister General (retd) VK Singh (Photo Credit: PTI file)
Union Minister General (retd) VK Singh on Sunday took a swipe at Pakistan on continuous ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir. "Kayi baar, poonch seedhi karne mein samay lagta hai (Sometimes, it takes time to straighten out the tail)," said VK Singh.
On Sunday, two soldiers and a civilian were killed as Pakistani forces violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Eight people, including three army personnel, were injured, the police said.
Army chief General Bipin Rawat said six to ten Pakistan Army personnel were killed and three terror camps destroyed in a retaliatory action by the Indian Army opposite the Tangdhar and Keran sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event, he said another terror camp was severely damaged in the action by the Indian forces and the retaliation had caused substantial harm to the terror infrastructure across the Line of Control (LoC).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was briefed about the retaliatory action, the Army chief said.
In a major counter-offensive after Pakistan's unprovoked firing, the Indian Army carried out heavy artillery strikes on Sunday, targeting four terror camps and several Pakistani military positions in Neelam Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
"So far, as per the information available with us, 6-10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and nearly as many terrorists," Gen. Rawat said, adding that more information on terrorist casualty was being obtained.
"Three terror camps have been destroyed and on the fourth one also, we have caused severe damage," he said, adding that according to unconfirmed reports, the number of terrorists killed in the retaliatory strikes could be higher.
Replying to a question, the Army chief said the terror camps destroyed by the forces were located in Athmuqam, Kundal Shahi and Jura, and the Army had information about a camp in Leepa Valley too.
If Pakistan continued with such activities, the Indian Army would not hesitate to retaliate, Gen. Rawat asserted.
He said of late, the Army had received information that terrorists were coming closer to the camps in the forward areas.
In the last one month, repeated infiltration attempts were made from the Gurez, Keran, Machil, Uri sectors and south of Pir Panjal, he said, adding that Pakistani soldiers were resorting to ceasefire violation to provide support to the infiltration bids by terrorists.