India ups military deployment along Pakistan borders, IAF put on high alert

India ups military deployment along Pakistan borders, IAF put on high alert

ISLAMABAD - India has significantly enhanced the military deployment along Pakistan borders, while Indian Air Force has been put on high alert in Occupied Kashmir and LoC.

A day after India’s central government decision to dispatch an additional 28,000 paramilitary forces to the Valley, Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) were put on high alert in Jammu and Kashmir, which has led to speculations and tension in the state.

The IAF fighter aircraft have been patrolling over Kashmir since Thursday evening as part of the operational alert and sources said the steps have been taken in view of the increased troops’ induction.

Despite the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in New Delhi denying reports of deployment of additional 28,000 paramilitary troops in the state, they said, the government has pressed IAF aircraft, including C-17 heavy lift planes into service for rapid induction of paramilitary forces into the Valley.

“Rashtriya Rifles and other regular units of army deployed on the LoC have been asked to be prepared for any eventuality,” sources added.

The sources quoting unnamed official reported that all major entry and exit points in the Srinagar city have been taken over by the Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPFs) with a token presence of local police.

Reacting to the development of IAF and Army being put on high alert, former Indian held Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “What ‘ongoing situation’ in Kashmir would require the army AND the Air Force to be put on alert? This isn't about 35A or delimitation. This sort of alert, if actually issued, would be about something very different (sic).”