India Deploys Troops On
Pakistan Border - Official

JAMMU (Reuters) - The Indian army has deployed troops on its border with Pakistan in the northern states of Kashmir and Punjab in response to a Pakistani troop build up across the frontier, a defence official said on Thursday.
Tensions between the two South Asian nuclear neighbours have risen sharply since last week's attack on India's parliament which New Delhi blamed on two Pakistan-based separatist groups.
The bitter foes exchanged overnight mortar and heavy machinegun fire across a ceasefire line dividing the bitterly disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
"Yes, redeployment of troops along with equipment has taken place in the Chenab-Ravi corridor since Wednesday and this concentration in the area is in response to Pakistan's buildup across the international border," the defence spokesman told Reuters.
Until now, paramilitary Border Security Force soldiers were the only ones guarding the border in the Chenab-Ravi area, which stretches for around 600 km from Jammu in the southern part of Kashmir to the state of Punjab.
Army chief General S. Padmanabhan said on Tuesday that India had responded in an appropriate manner to a build-up of Pakistani troops on their side of the border.
New Delhi, which has accused Pakistan of trying to wipe out the country's top political leadership in the parliament attack, has said that all options were open as it considered a response to the assault.
Islamabad, which denies any involvement in the parliament attack, has vowed to retaliate against any military strike.
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