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Army briefs foreign envoys in Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior army officials on Thursday briefed envoys from 24 countries visiting Jammu and Kashmir.

The envoys, including from member states of the European Union (EU), Brazil and Malaysia, were also briefed about the role of the Pakistani army in helping militants infiltrate into India, infiltration patterns and use of drones by Pakistan to airdrop weapons meant for militants, they said.

Use of tunnels for pushing militants into India, especially in the Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, was highlighted by the army, which also gave a detailed presentation about the weapons, bearing markings of the Pakistani army, seized from various militants.

Tunnels were being used following a drop in the number of militants sneaking into India from across the Line of Control (LoC) due to heightened vigil and changed tactics in the army’s counter-infiltration grid, the officials said.

On the situation in the Kashmir Valley, the army officials highlighted Wednesday evening’s incident when the son of a prominent eatery owner was shot and critically wounded by militants at his shop in a high-security area of the city.

This was part of the militants game plan to silence either moderate voices in Kashmir or those who refused to follow their diktat, they said.

The army also gave a detailed briefing on how internet-warfare was used by Pakistani establishments to brainwash youngsters through social media platforms.

Coming to the situation post the abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and its bifurcation into union territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, the army officials said there had been no loss of life due to the action of security forces.

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