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450-500 terrorists waiting on Pakistan launchpad near LoC

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that Pakistan had recently reactivated the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp for terrorists in Balakot

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New Delhi: Terrorists, about 450-500 in number, are waiting on the launchpad in Pakistan near the Line of Control, in a position to infiltrate into India, say Army sources. They said that, earlier, there were 200-250 terrorists but the numbers had doubled recently. Pakistan is still trying to infiltrate these terrorists in any way because snowfall expected about a month later it will make it difficult for the terrorists to infiltrate.

On Monday, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that Pakistan had recently reactivated the Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp for terrorists in Balakot. He said about 500 of these terrorists were waiting to intrude into India any day.

At the Officers Training Academy, Rawat told the media, “Pakistan has recently reactivated Balakot. This shows that Balakot was affected (by the Indian airstrike). It was damaged and destroyed. So people had left from there and now it has become active again.”

The Army chief said that about 500 intruders were in the process of entering India. At the same time, he said, “Pakistan commits ceasefire violations for infiltrating terrorists into our area. We know how to deal with ceasefire violations. Our Army knows how to position themselves, and how to take action. We are vigilant and will ensure that maximum infiltration attempts fail.”

Rawat said, “There has been a communication breakdown between the terrorists in the Kashmir Valley and their handlers in Pakistan, but there has been no communication breakdown between the people.”

CRPF personnel were targeted and killed in Pulwama in February. In response to the terrorist attack made by the Indian Air Force, airstrikes were carried out at the terrorist bases located in Balakot.

India had carried out airstrikes inside Pakistan early on 26 February and targeted terror camps. The strikes involving several IAF fighter jets successfully destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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