28 January, 2021

The Forgotten War

The concentration on Kargil leaves other fronts vulnerable

The Forgotten War
The high-altitude war in Kargil will have a costly spinoff elsewhere in the state. This is already evident at the ground level, as infiltration bids have risen considerably. Violence has increased manifold since April at the front posts in Rajouri, Poonch, Kupwara and Gurez, along the LoC. And this time, the militants are more heavily armed. For the last two weeks, artillery exchanges in the Gurez Road, Kanzalwan, Kupwara, Rajouri and Uri areas-at the edges of the Valley-have intensified. This exercise by the Pakistan-backed mercenaries is aimed at giving the aggressors in Kargil sector more breathing space.

"They plan to expand the area of engagement and send in intruder reserves to establish new positions with artillery support," says an intelligence official. Even the official figures are telling. Till this May, the number of infiltrators stands at a huge 1,119, against 918 for all of '98. "They have managed to sneak in and are engaging us in longer combats," says a Special Operations Group official. The attacking forces are bigger than what the...



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