The Indian Army has formulated and will begin implementing its ‘summer strategy’ for Jammu and Kashmir that entails a modified re-deployment of troops along the Line of Control (LoC) for foiling infiltration of terrorists and to dominate it, as the passes leading into India will begin opening with the melting of snow in the coming months.
The strategy has been made in view of current and emerging security threats such as the regular ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army along the LoC and the infiltration attempts that are expected to happen when the snow melts.
The summer strategy also involves re-occupying some in-depth ‘winter vacated’ posts along the LoC that either cannot be occupied or are not air-maintainable due to the snow. However, even during winters the LoC remains well secured and there are no gaps. The summer could also witness a modification in the counter-infiltration grid in the hinterland based on threats.
Currently, as the infiltration routes along the LoC are blocked with snow, terrorists are focussing on entering India through the International Border (IB) with Pakistan, where there is no snow, officials explained based on the present scenario in J&K.
The Border Security Force (BSF) is deployed along the IB, while the army has been placed along the LoC. Last month, three terrorists are suspected to have infiltrated through the IB before they were killed in an operation carried out by the security forces in Nagrota.
A year after the Pulwama terrorist attack and the Balakot airstrikes in February 2019, Infiltration attempts along the LoC is one of the main violence parameters in J&K. Officials said there were 227 infiltration attempts in 2019