The movement of a large number of artillery vehicles from the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore to northern Punjab caused a scare among local residents but the army has said the move was linked to winter exercises.
The movement of hundreds of medium and heavy artillery vehicles yesterday sparked fears among people that the army was undertaking a heavy redeployment amidst heightened tensions with India in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
Military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas told media that the military movement was due to "routine winter military exercises".
The artillery vehicles were seen on the roads as the 11 Corps moved from Lahore to Tilla range in Jhelum, while the 10 Corps moved towards Lahore, media reports said.
The 10 Corps returned to Lahore Cantonment after completing its exercises while the 11 Corps moved to Jhelum to replace it.