Terror camps, launch pads still active across LoC: Northern Army commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the commander of the Jammu and Kashmir-based Northern Command, has said that Pakistan has taken no action with respective to cracking down on and dismantling terrorist infrastructure present across the Line of Control.
Speaking to India Today TV, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said terrorist training camps and launch pads are still operational across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). Lt Gen Singh, who was the director general of military operations during the post-Uri surgical strikes across the LoC, told India Today that Pakistan sponsored terror remains a big threat in Jammu and Kashmir.
Despite repeatedly cautioning Pakistan, no action has been taken to dismantle the India-centric terror infrastructure, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh also said.
Lt Gen Singh was speaking to India Today TV at the Tololing peak in Kargil's Drass sector.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's comments come after various reports said that Pakistan had shut down various terrorist camps across the Line of Control in PoK.
The camps, however, are still functional, the northern army commander said, adding that terrorist have been making various attempts to infiltrate into India. The attempts have been unsuccessful, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said.
Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's comments come months after tensions between India and Pakistan peaked following a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force.
In response, the Indian Air Force launched an airstrike on a town called Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The airstike ramped up tensions even more and was followed by a rare dogfight between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force over Jammu and Kashmir.
An Indian fighter pilot -- Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman -- was downed and captured by Pakistani forces during the dogfight. His release two days later cooled tensions between India and Pakistan.