J&K: Heightened vigil at LoC pushed terror groups to dig tunnels to infiltrate, Army tells envoys

Heightened vigil along the Line of Control has pushed terror groups and Pakistani establishments to send militants into India using tunnels dug under seasonal river beds along the International Border in the Jammu region, the Army on Thursday told a group of 24 foreign envoys visiting Jammu and Kashmir.

The envoys, including those from member states of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), arrived in the union territory on a two-day visit on Wednesday to assess the development work and the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, especially after the erstwhile state’s special status was abrogated in 2019.

They were given a detailed presentation by senior Indian Army officers on the role of the Pakistani army in helping cross-border infiltration and supplying arms, and instances of unprovoked ceasefire violation by the neighbouring nation.

The envoys were briefed by the officers at the strategically-located headquarters of the Army’s XV Corps, which overlooks the Kashmir Valley.

The officials said that after the Army made certain changes to the Counter Infiltration Grid along the Line of Control (LoC), the Pakistani establishment has been using a network of natural caves and sometimes digging tunnels under seasonal rivers along the International Border in Jammu region’s Samba sector to push terrorists into India.

Highlighting the techniques used by Pakistan-based terror groups for infiltration, they said the…

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