Three trained camels are crossing IB (Part-I)
The Post Commander had no clue. The 118 Battalion Commander of BSF in his HQ at a distance of 60 km. was totally unaware. But something unusual had been going on across the International Border (IB) for the last three days. The movement of heavy traffic could be unerstood due to heavy sandstorm. The human intelligence (HUMINT) informed that heavy artillery and mortars had been moving from Jamshoro to Kot Ghulam Muhammad by N120 and then to Umerkot by a smaller road. However, there was no movement of infantry across the IB. Only Arty soldiers had been moving along with heavy vehicles. The Indus Rangers were also very active. It was also reported that local Pakistani population in the villages adjacent to the border had been moved by the Pakistani Rangers.
The Indian Post Commander had recently joined the post. He was still studying the topography of the desert. However, sensing something unusual, he did what he could do. The searchlights were on. He increased the patrolling. But nobody crossed the IB. He became very suspicious.
The Post Commander called the 2IC. The 2IC, a no-nonsense Jat who had been stationed there for more than two years, was also very anxious. Why did the Pakistanis bringing Arty guns and mortar shells at Umerkot? What was their purpose? This part of IB had been quiet for quite some time. The smuggling activities also stopped.
Taking the Post Commander, the 2IC reached the nearby village and knocked the door of Karim Bux. Karim Bux came out wearing a colourful turban. He offered tea to the BSF officers, who refused. Hearing the story, the middle-aged smuggler offered to cross the IB himself to check the matter. The two officers agreed. The smugglar, who was the most valuable asset for the Indian intelligence, left for Umerkot at the dead of night.
(......To be continued)