NEW DELHI: As Pakistani attacks continued along the Line of Control (LoC) killing two women on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first remarks on the tensions, saying everything would be fine soon.
Meanwhile, the situation along the LoC remained volatile. In one of the most heated attacks since October 1, Pakistani rangers shelled 63 border outposts and 35 villages along the International Border in Jammu region, said a BSF report submitted to National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and the Union Home Ministry. Two women of a family were killed and 15 others, including three BSF personnel, were injured in heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers. Indian troops retaliated strongly and in equal measure, the report added.
Home Ministry officials said that security forces have been given complete freedom to respond to the firing and there will be no flag meetings until Pakistan stops firing. Officials said there is a clear message from the top (Prime Minister) to deal appropriately with the situation, giving a free hand to the forces on the ground.
While analysing the ceasefire violations by Pakistan, BSF officials said it is much more than just cover firing to facilitate terrorist infiltration. They said the pattern is very different in the recent ceasefire violation as the entire stretch is targeted, unlike earlier incidents when Rangers opened fire in a particular area.
“There is a possibility that Pakistan is facing a huge internal crisis and is trying to divert attention after huge embarrassment at the UN. The attacks show desperation,” an official said.
Analysis based on intelligence received from the ground suggests that the pattern and intensity of firing by Pakistan is very different and they have not witnessed such shelling in the last decade.
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