Indian troops fire grenades to foil Pak infiltration


A month after Pakistan’s Border Action Team was eliminated during an infiltration bid in Kashmir’s Keran sector, Indian Army sources on Wednesday released a video showing the BAT team trying to infiltrate into Indian territory on the intervening night of September 12-13 in Haji Pir sector of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The suspicious activity by the Pakistani BAT team was timely spotted and foiled by the Indian Army with the help of Under Barrel Grenade Launchers. Commandos or terrorists belonging to Pakistan’s Special Service Group (SSG), which forms the core of the BAT, was believed to be behind the infiltration bid.

Despite repeated denials, Pakistan has been trying to push terrorists into Indian territory, with the Indian Army managing to foil over 15 infiltration attempts by Pakistan along the Line of Control.

The development comes in the wake of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s statement on Tuesday when he said that Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is a part of India and India one day expects to control the jurisdiction over the region, adding that India’s stand on PoK has been consistent.

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“Our position on PoK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) has always been and will always be very clear. PoK is a part of India and we expect one day that we will have the physical jurisdiction over it,” EAM Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

Last month, the Northern Command of the Army said in a statement on August 3 said that security forces had foiled an infiltration bid by a BAT squad in the Keran sector where around 5-7 Pakistani army soldier or terrorists were eliminated and their bodies were seen lying along the Line of Control.