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India, Pak. DGMOs hold talks

India on Thursday conveyed its concerns to Pakistan regarding the movement of terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC) as well as repatriation of two of its nationals who crossed the LoC post-Uri terror attack.

The information was conveyed during an unscheduled call between the Indian Army’s Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO), Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, and his Pakistani counterpart Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, the Army said in a statement.

“These concerns arise primarily from specific inputs of Pakistani regulars training terrorists for infiltration and cross-border raids. The specifics of them have been shared with Pakistan DGMO,” one Army source said.

Army gears up

As winter ends and summer sets in, infiltration sees a gradual increase along the LoC and the Army is gearing up for a surge this year in view of the unrest in Kashmir.

However, Pakistan rejected the observation on terrorists along the LoC.

“Indian concerns on terrorists’ movement along LoC were strongly rejected during hotline. Indian Army asked to look inward, share evidence,” Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces, tweeted quoting The Hindu ’s tweet on the issue.

Lt. Gen. Bhatt also communicated that two Pakistani nationals apprehended in Uri, Kashmir, would be repatriated on March 10 through Wagah border.

On Wednesday, the National Investigation Agency had handed over the two Pakistani youths, Faisal Hussain Awan and Ahsan Khursheed, to the Army’s 16 Corps headquarters in Jammu. They were arrested in connection with the last year’s terror attack on the military camp in Uri in which 19 soldiers were killed.

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