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No troop build-up by Pakistan: Army

January 13, 2009 15:31 IST

The Indian Army [Images] today dismissed reports of Pakistan's military build-up along the borders, saying presence of the neighbouring country's troops seemed like routine exercises, but asserted it is always ready to tackle any eventuality.

It also claimed that the infiltration from across the border with Pakistan had gone down every year since 2005.

"It only seems like routine movements and exercise-related relocation of troops by Pakistan and not a build-up. But we are always ready for any situation," Army's Western Commander Lt-Gen T K Sapru told reporters here after an investiture parade.

Sapru said infiltration from across the border had gone down since 2005-06 when he was a corps commander in Jammu and Kashmir [Images]. Sapru had, before becoming an army commander, headed the Nagrota-based 16 Corps posted near Jammu.

"Infiltration has in the last two or three years come down considerably. Perhaps, after 2005-06, it has come down from 400 to 20/30 in a year," he said.

Earlier, Sapru presented gallantry medals, decorations and service medals to about 50 army officers at the investiture ceremony after reviewing the parade in which the army exhibited its might with T-90 tanks, BrahMos cruise missiles, OSA-AK air defence guns and a march past by Special Forces and troops.




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