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'Strategic repositioning' of troops begins in J&K

Source: PTI
May 17, 2008 01:50 IST
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Anticipating the possibility of more attempts by terrorists to cross the border, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir are carrying out 'strategic repositioning' to foil such bids.

Troops already present in the state are being redeployed and repositioned to deal effectively with any attempt to cross the border, army sources said in New Delhi.

They said no fresh troops were being moved into J&K apparently in the wake of bid by militants to cross the international border Samba in Jammu and firing at Indian post in Pangdhar in north Kashmir.

With snow melting on the upper reaches of Pir Panjal range countless passes have opened up and these are used by Pakistani militants to cross into Kashmir.

Redeployment of the troops in counter insurgency grid is being undertaken in view of threat by terrorists to step up violence in Kashmir.

The militants held a congregation at Pakistan-occupied Kashmir capital Muzafarrabad which was attended by all the major groups, including UJC, LeT, JeM and other radical factions, where they announced to step up militancy in J&K.
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