We reserve right to retaliate: India to Pakistan on LoC firings

The telephone exchange took place three hours after the Pakistani army fired mortar shells along the LoC in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, killing an Indian Army jawan and a nine-year-old girl.

Published: 17th July 2017 05:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2017 02:29 AM   |  A+A-

Indian Army . | File photo-PTI

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  In reaction to Pakistani army’s complaint of killing of their four jawans by Indian army’s firing, Indian army has conveyed strongly that it reserves the right to retaliate appropriately against any incident of ceasefire violation along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.

A day after Pakistani side sought Director General Military Operation level talks, Lt. General AK Bhatt, India DGMO made it explicitly clear to his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza during a 10 minute long hotline telephone conversation that the Indian Army reserves the right to retaliate against any ceasefire violation, but "is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquility along the LoC provided there was reciprocity", according to a statement issued by the Army. 

As per established mechanism, DGMOs of both sides talks to each other every Wednesday, but today’s talks were 'unscheduled.' 

Army statement said that Lt. General Bhatt also put across 'emphatically' that the trend of infiltration along the LoC continued with the active support of Pakistani forward posts, impacting peace and tranquillity as well as the internal security situation.

 "This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani army troops," statement mentioned. 

So far this year, Paksitani army has violated ceasefire agreement for 237 times at the Line of Control and 197 attempts have been by terrorists to infiltrate into Indian side and Indian army has been maintaining the stand that Pakistani army always provide cover fire to help these infiltrators. And in 52 occasions, infiltration attempts were successful. 

Pakistani side, who initiated the dialogue, raised the issues of the "targeting" of Pakistani army troops and the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in the Athmuqam Sector of PoK facing the Indian Keran Sector in Kupwara District last week.

 The telephone exchange took place three hours after the Pakistani army fired mortar shells along the LoC in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, killing an Indian Army jawan and a nine-year-old girl.

"The Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all ceasefire violations were initiated by the Pakistan army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them," he said.

Firing by Indian troops was initiated only against "armed intruders attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control", Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said.

This was the third occasion, when Pakistani side had asked for the talks as last conversation between the two top military commanders happened on June 5.

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