The Pakistan Army has been slowly enhancing its firepower by moving its artillery close the Line of Control (LoC). It has also marginally increased the number of troops deployed at the LoC months after the abrogation of provisions under Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), according to an analysis done by the Indian Army.
With over 2,000 troops of Special Service Group (SSG) and special operations wing at the LoC, The Pakistani Army's numbers are more than that of the Indian Army's Special Forces deployed close to the Line of Control.
"The analysis calls out bogey that Pakistan has been trying to create of Kashmir being turned into a military garrison with nine lakh Indian troops," sources said.
According to the analysis, Pakistan has a deployment of close to 90,000 troops close to the LoC.
"The difference is not much but don't forget that the Indian Army has to carry out counter-terrorists and counter-infiltration attempts from Pakistan also, which leads to numbers going up. It's not just dominating the LoC," an official said.
The total deployment of the Indian Army and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) along the LoC and hinterland is up to 2,50,000 with additional forces deployed in mainland Kashmir since August 5 for public order and counter-terror operations.
The total deployment of CAPF personnel in the hinterland is 1,60,000 as of now, sources added.
In addition, there is the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) police to carry out all the law and order duties along with the counter-terror operations in the mainland.
Sources said the numbers are much less than what is being claimed by Pakistan as part of their propaganda machinery and the deployment is well within the mutually agreed numbers by the two countries.
"The myth of nine lakh force deployment being peddled by Pakistan is nothing but propaganda."
Officials said the Pakistan Army till now felt Kashmir was a peace posting compared to their western borders where they fought bloody battles in Afghanistan-Pak region and also has been feeling the heat at the Iran border. Pak is now under pressure as the Indian forces have been hitting them hard every time there is an infiltration attempt aided by their Army, officials said.
Pakistan has been targeting civilian areas along the LoC across sectors and indulging in heavy artillery firing since the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. The attempts to push in terrorists from launchpads metres away from LoC that are full of terrorists waiting to infiltrate have also increased.