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More troops on LoC, no air/rail links to Pakistan

By A Correspondent in Delhi
Last updated on: November 30, 2008 14:01 IST
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At the all-party meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to brief other political leaders on his government's plans to put the Indian Army on high alert and deploy more forces along the Line of Control, which separates India and Pakistan in Kashmir.

The government also plans to immediately discontinue air and rail links with Pakistan.

After the December 13, 2001 attack on the Indian parliament, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had deployed hundreds of thousand of soldiers on the border with Pakistan. Operation Parakram -- which cost the government Rs 6,500 crore -- led to a tense military stand-off with Pakistan, which raised the spectre of a nuclear conflict, but ended in the Pakistani promise that it would end support to India-based terrorism on its territory.

The Vajpayee government also cut air and rail links to Pakistan, which was only restored years later.

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A Correspondent in Delhi