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Enemies can never repeat Kargil again: Army

Source: PTI
July 13, 2009 15:19 IST
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Ten years after Pakistan army regulars had occupied Indian peaks in the Kargil sector, the Indian army said "another Kargil" can never be repeated by the adversary.

"Pakistan had breached our trust at that time and illegally occupied our posts on the mountain peaks but we have learnt our lessons. With our increased vigil, repeating another Kargil would be impossible for the adversary and they also know this," Kargil-based 'Forever in Operations' Division Commander Major General S K Khajuria told PTI in Kargil.

The situation in the region, he said, has changed drastically in the last decade in favour of India in the sector. The Pakistani army regulars had attempted in 1999 to cut-off Siachen and Ladakh regions from rest of the country.

"Things have totally changed in our favour. Along the Line of Control, we are dominating the enemy in terms of observation and heights in most of the places," Khajuria said.

"We have increased our presence here to guard each and every inch of our territory around the year. The increase in the troop levels has been manifold and it has given us an edge over our enemy," he added.

About strengthening of defences and Indian position on

the LoC, the Division Commander said, "All along the Line of Control, our defences have been strengthened and our bunkers are now being prepared to give all-round protection to our troops and they can retaliate to enemy's advances in strongest possible manner."

On the infrastructure developments in the region after the war, Khajuria said, "There were hardly any metalled roads in heights. But now most of our posts at above 15,000 feet are connected by roads and can be reached by vehicles."

When asked about the enemy's ability to still look into and shell Indian territory, another officer from the Division said, "We have our guns also located in the area...and we have superior firepower and we have used it in the past also to quieten them up," he added.

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