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In pictures: Indian army patrols the LoC

Updated : 2021-01-14 17:28:50

From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control that for the past 73 years has divided the region. Tens of thousands of soldiers from India and Pakistan are positioned along the two sides. The apparent calm is often broken by the boom of blazing guns, with each side accusing the other of initiating the firing.

Indian army soldiers patrol at the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan border in Poonch, about 250 kilometres (156 miles) from Jammu.  (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers patrol at the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan border in Poonch, about 250 kilometres (156 miles) from Jammu.  (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier looks towards the snow-covered Pir Panjal range of mountains from one of their forward post at the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier looks towards the snow-covered Pir Panjal range of mountains from one of their forward post at the Line of Control (LOC) between India and Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers display their way of patrolling along the Line of Control. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers display their way of patrolling along the Line of Control. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier patrols near fencing at a forward post. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier patrols near fencing at a forward post. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier carries an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) to his base between India and Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier carries an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) to his base between India and Pakistan border. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers perform a cordon and search operation (CASO) during a training session at a corps battle school at Sarol in Rajouri. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers perform a cordon and search operation (CASO) during a training session at a corps battle school at Sarol in Rajouri. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Members of a local militia called Village Defense Committees, that have been formed to aid the Indian army in keeping a close watch of the India-Pakistan border, rest near the Line of Control, at Jhangad Village in Naushera. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Members of a local militia called Village Defense Committees, that have been formed to aid the Indian army in keeping a close watch of the India-Pakistan border, rest near the Line of Control, at Jhangad Village in Naushera. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Members of a local militia called Village Defense Committees walk near the Line of Control. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Members of a local militia called Village Defense Committees walk near the Line of Control. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier displays recovered rocket launcher said to be fired from the Pakistan side of the border, in Balakot in Poonch. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier displays recovered rocket launcher said to be fired from the Pakistan side of the border, in Balakot in Poonch. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers prepare a light machine gun in their bunker at a forward post along the Line of Control (LOC). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers prepare a light machine gun in their bunker at a forward post along the Line of Control (LOC). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers display a cordon and search operation (CASO) during a training session at a corps battle school at Sarol in Rajouri. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers display a cordon and search operation (CASO) during a training session at a corps battle school at Sarol in Rajouri. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
The training focused on tactical exercises, battle drills, firing practice, counterinsurgency operations and acclimatization of soldiers to the harsh weather conditions. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
The training focused on tactical exercises, battle drills, firing practice, counterinsurgency operations and acclimatization of soldiers to the harsh weather conditions. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier stands near a forward post at the Line of Control (LOC). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
An Indian army soldier stands near a forward post at the Line of Control (LOC). (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers patrol near a forward post at the Line of Control (LOC)  in Poonch. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
Indian army soldiers patrol near a forward post at the Line of Control (LOC)  in Poonch. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
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