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Chennai: Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday said Pakistan has reactivated the Balakot terror camp very recently and about 500 infiltrators were waiting to sneak into India.

The response to the terror camp getting functional again may go beyond India’s previous response by way of an air strike in February, he told reporters here at the Officers Training Academy here.

“Let me tell you, Balakot has been reactivated by Pakistan very recently,” he said apparently stating that the terror camp beyond the border has become operational again while answering a question on new terror camps.

The chief of Army staff, obviously pointing to the hiatus in terror operations at Balakot for several months following the cross border strike, said it highlighted the Indian Air Force’s action in February.

Balakot had suffered damaged and was destroyed by the cross border strike and “that is why people have got away from there and now it has been reactivated,” he said.

In March, Congress leader Sam Pitroda had asked the government to come out with “more facts” on the Balakot air strikes and it had led to a political slugfest.

The chief of the Army staff earlier inaugurated the Young leaders training wing at the OTA.

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Asked about the response to the reactivation and if a repeat strike may be expected, he said: “Why must you expect repeat of a similar thing, earlier we did something, then we did Balakot, why must we repeat…

…why not keep the other side guessing as to what we will do; why tell him what we are going to do, why not keep him guessing, why say repeat, why not something beyond that.”

To a question on the number of infiltrators waiting to get in, he said the numbers kept fluctuating based on the weather pattern.

“These numbers keep fluctuating, but I would say yes there are at least 500 people who are waiting to infiltrate and that is the minimum number,” he said.

As the ice has melted, the bid to infiltrate is towards the northern part of Jammu and Kashmir and when temperature falls such attempts were through areas less vulnerable to snowfall, he said.

The Army has taken adequate measures to curb infiltration to the maximum extent by deploying more troops along the Line of Control, he said.

Other areas, along the International Border were however being exploited for such purposes, he pointed out.


Also read: Pakistan knows we’ll retaliate, they should remain in fear: Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat


 

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  1. If this is true, it shows that there are no easy, obvious solutions to long standing problems. Whether it was surgical strikes, demonetisation ( to target fake currency ), the air strikes on the Pakistani mainland, the abrogation of Article 370. Presenting each innovation as a game changer, only to realise a little later that nothing has changed. One worries about increased alienation and what that might translate into. Just a couple of days back, a 15 year old boy committed suicide because he had been roughed up by soldiers and allied in for another session two days later. A bitter harvest awaits. We should do all that is poss to prevent that.

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