No plan to withdraw troops: India

May 14th, 2012 - 10:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) India Monday strongly denied Pakistani media reports that the Indian Army troops are moving to peace-time locations from forward areas, reversing deployments made following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

“There are no such plans,” India’s defence ministry spokesperson Sitanshu Kar said in a two-line statement here.

“The report published in Express Tribune, Islamabad edition, dated May 14 that ‘India may move troops to peace time locations’ is completely incorrect and without any basis,” Kar said.

The report had claimed that India is likely to withdraw troops from wartime positions on its Pakistani border, where they were deployed following the Nov 26, 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.

It also claimed that India and Pakistan had arrived at an understanding in this regard during Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s visit to New Delhi April 8 this year, quoting unnamed military and diplomatic officials.

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