Pakistani troops build-up seen on Rajasthan border

Jaipur, Dec 25 (IANS) Mass movement of Pakistani troops was reported Thursday along the Rajasthan border, sources in the state’s home ministry said.

Confirming a message in this regard from the Intelligence Bureau, the sources told IANS that the state government has been asked to be on alert, especially in the villages bordering Pakistan.

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The state government has officially denied receiving any directions from the Indian government to evacuate villages near the border.

“The Rajasthan government has not received any communications to evacuate the villages,” a senior official of the home department said.

According to defence sources, quick reaction teams of the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed along the borders in the western sector.

Quick Reaction Force (QRF) is poised to respond on very short notice, typically less than fifteen minutes.

However, residents in the border villages have not seen any mass movement of the Indian troops on this side of the border.

“We have not seen any major movement of the Indian Army in the last few days,” said S.R. Singh, a resident of Jaisalmer. The desert town is a popular tourist centre near the Pakistan border.