New Delhi: In a strong message globally, the Indian Army today released a video of a massive fire assault on a Pakistani post to underscore that it would destroy locations across the border actively aiding infiltration by terrorists.
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In the dramatic video, loud explosions are heard and thick smoke rises as a Pakistani post is hit with heavy firepower from India including bunker busting guns, rocket launchers and anti-tank guided missiles, automated Grenade Launchers and recoilless guns.
Sources say the video is from May 9.
"As part of our counter-terrorism operations, punitive fire assaults across the Line of Control are being undertaken by the Indian Army," said Major General Ashok Narula, an army spokesperson.
"The Pakistan Army has been providing support to armed infiltrators by engaging our forward troops from their weapon emplacements and pill-boxes closer to the Line of Control. At times they have not even hesitated to target villages in the proximity of Line of Control. As part of our counter-terrorism strategy and to ensure that infiltration is curbed and initiative remains with us, the Indian Army proactively dominates Line of Control." He said there was damage to the Pak army posts.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said the government supports the action.
"The Army is taking preemptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in valley and disengage Pakistani posts across LoC supporting infiltration," he asserted.
India's action comes in the middle of national anger over terror attacks on army camps, the recent mutilation of two soldiers by Pakistanis and the brutal killing of a young Kashmiri army officer.
The army's message is loud and clear, said experts - if Pakistan tries to push in infiltrators, India will take firm action.
Pakistan put out a swift - and expected - denial.
"Indian claims of destroying Pakistani post along LOC in Naushera Sec and firing by Pak Army on civilians across LOC are false," said Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of the Pakistan army.
Sources have drawn a clear distinction between this and the surgical strikes of last September, in which Indian soldiers went across the Line of Control and targeted staging areas for terrorists about to strike India.
In this case, they claim, Indian soldiers fired from their side of the border.
Last year, the surgical strikes were seen as a response to the attack on the army camp in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed.