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Pakistan moves terrorists close to India border, say officials

August 4, 2019

According to Indian intelligence reports and satellite imagery of the Line of Control, Pakistan has moved terrorists to the border near India. They had been moved out ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington last week and have been brought them back after his return.

Speaking to reporters, officials said, "For several days, we got reports saying there are no terrorists waiting to infiltrate into India. This was surprising because in the period between May and October such infiltration bids are made".

Khan met United States President Donald Trump last week on 22 July. He was accompanied by Pakistan's army chief, General Qamar Bajwa and that country's spy agency chief Faiz Hameed.

Fresh reports now indicate that 200 to 250 terrorists are back at the border and are waiting to enter India. There was firing in the Valley's Gurez sector on Tuesday which was an infiltration attempt. An army officer later confirmed. "We could see two bodies (of terrorists) lying there. The border has become active again and we are expecting more ceasefire violations".

Heavy artillery fire exchange between India and Pakistan rose this week as well in the Tangdhar and Keran sectors. In another incident an Indian soldier was killed.

At a press conference in Srinagar, Chinar Corps Commander, Lt Gen KJS Sandhu said Pakistan was continuing with its infiltration bids and was trying to "disrupt peace in the Valley." There was a spike in ceasefire violations after the Balakot air strike at a Jaish-e-Mohammed facility in February, soon after the attack in Pulwama, in which a vehicle laden with explosives rammed into a CRPF convoy, killing 40 troopers.

The tension is back says India as Pakistan had a good trip in Washington. "The assessment in Pakistan is that they had a good trip to Washington and are happy with Trump's offer to mediate on Kashmir," said an Indian official, off the record.

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