You are in direct range of Pakistani snipers; please be careful, a Border Security Force (BSF) officer tells us.
The officer’s request stems from the fact that Pakistan has inducted a new set of snipers, armed with state-of-the-art .22 riffles, which are used to target Indian soldiers guarding the international border. Intelligence reports gathered by the BSF reveal a chilling plan that involves Pakistan rangers targeting soldiers and sending infiltrators into the Indian side.
“They have trained some of their men in the existing ranger formations to become snipers. They have also put additional snipers from other forces, whom they induct at the time of need, on standby in their camps,” said an officer.
The snipers have been tasked with crawling through thick vegetation and firing rounds at Indian troops to inflict casualties. “It is new warfare that they have unleashed. They send in one or two snipers armed with .22 riffles to monitor our movement. When the soldiers move, they fire a few rounds with precision and flee to their posts,” said an officer.
What has alarmed security forces is that Pakistani rangers have permanently deployed these snipers in Pakistani outposts too. “Earlier, snipers were requisitioned. Now they have some of them already deployed at some of their posts, for them to unleash a bloodbath without creating much fuss”, said the officer.
Apart from snipers, the rangers have been asked to hamper movement of Indian security forces on the borders. “We have reports that Pakistani rangers have been given clear directions to attack Indian Army patrols and hamper their movement. They have fired indiscriminately at our patrols,” said another officer.
Just 600 metres on the opposite side of Whaleback is the Gulzar post of the 24 PNR regiment of Pakistani rangers where the BSF and the rangers are eyeball to eyeball with each other. Even the call to worship in Pakistan is clearly audible from the BSF post. A concertina wire fence through thick vegetation runs parallel to the international border.
On the right side of the post is a nullah with gushing water. Every year the water washes away the fencing on the banks. Pakistan has started trying to exploit this situation. “They want to send in infiltrators from their side. They want to exploit this patch on the international border. Recently an intruder was killed and another captured in that area,” said the officer.