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Indian Forces Put on High Alert in Kashmir

Friday 16 August 2019

NEW DELHI (ANI) — The Indian Armed Forces deployed in the former state of Jammu and Kashmir have been put on high alert, the ANI news agency reported on Friday, citing official sources. The move is taken against possible attempt by Pakistan-backed terrorist groups to carry out attacks, the agency quotes official sources.

“All Indian Army, Air Force and security forces’ bases in Jammu and Kashmir asked to be on high alert against possible attempt by Pakistan-backed terrorist groups to carry out attacks in view of Pakistani efforts to create disturbances in the Kashmir valley”, the agency quotes the sources as saying.

On Thursday, the Pakistani army reported that at least five Indian and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in a gunfire in the disputed region of Kashmir on the Line of Control, which splits the territory between the two countries. The Indian Armed Forces refuted the reports on its servicemen’s deaths, branding the claims as “fictitious”.

On August 5, the Indian government revealed its decision to abolish the state of Jammu and Kashmir and create two union territories (administrative units enjoying fewer powers than a state) instead. To this end, the Indian parliament voted to cancel Article 370 of the Constitution that granted Jammu and Kashmir its special status.


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