In what could be termed as sinister for India and Pakistan, terror outfit Islamic State is trying to gain foothold in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, according to general officer commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen KH Singh.
He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an army function in Jhangar, Rajauri district on 3 July.
“According to the inputs that we have the IS are definitely trying to gain a foothold in the area,” he said.
Replying to queries on the threat perception from IS, Lt Gen Singh said there were around 200 to 225 militants across Pir Panjal range. They have not yet infiltrated into Indian territory.
The Indian Army today celebrated ‘Jhangar Day’ to celebrate the sacrifice made by Brig Mohd Usman, who was martyred during the 1947-48 operation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The brigadier had played a significant role as commander of 50 Parachute Brigade during Jhangar’s recapture and the battle of Noushera, which earned him the title of ‘Noushera Ka Sher’. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Maha Vir Chakra’.