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Indian guns are blazing all out at the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu region in retaliation to repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Officials on Tuesday said there will be no let up till Pakistani troops stop targeting civilians along the frontier. India has also w
Indian guns are blazing all out at the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu region in retaliation to repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan.
Officials on Tuesday said there will be no let up till Pakistani troops stop targeting civilians along the frontier. India has also warned Pakistan to be prepared for an ‘effective, immediate and adequate’ response to every breach of the November 2003 truce.
The stern message was delivered during the weekly conversation between brigadiers from the Director General of Military Operations of the two sides.
“We are on an escalatory ladder,” a senior officer said while confirming that Pakistan has been informed of India’s intentions in no uncertain terms. On Tuesday, Indian troops resorted to ‘massive retaliation and used heavy mortars and small arms after Pakistani forces had targeted Arnia, Mendhar, Akhnoor and Ranbirsingh Poora sectors during Dussehra, official sources said. The armed forces have been given a green signal from the political establishment to hit back till the Pakistanis stop shelling.
Indian forces have focused on infrastructure and security forces on the Pakistani side and avoided targeting civilians. During the contact between the Directorates General of Military Operations, the Indian Army official told his counterpart that the civilian casualties in the Jammu region on Monday were “unacceptable” and there was a need to put an end to the ceasefire violations.
Following the continuous exchange of fire between the Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani Rangers, sources said India has put the ball in Pakistan’s court to come forward for a dialogue. BSF officials were told on Monday not to hold a flag meeting and to give a befitting reply to the Pakistani forces following the ceasefire violations.
On Tuesday, government sources said, a flag meeting was expected soon but the idea was dropped later in the day. “No decision has been taken on the meeting till now. We want to see how Pakistan is reacting before taking a final decision,” said a Home Ministry official.
The Pakistani side had last fired a shell on Indian positions on August 29 and this was followed by retaliation by Indian forces. A flag meeting was held between BSF and Pakistan Rangers officials and the border was quiet for almost a month before things erupted in early October. “Indian troops held back with great restrain till six civilians were killed and 36 injured. The government then gave the go ahead for a “massive retaliation”, sources added.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while addressing an election rally in Maharashtra, sternly warned Pakistan. “If such breaches continue, the army and every youth of this country will give a befitting reply. Pakistan should think twice before indulging in any ceasefire violation,” he said.