In a telephonic meeting, Indian top Army brass conveyed a stern message to the Pakistani counterpart on Monday saying it reserves the right to retaliate against any ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
Lt. Gen A K Bhatt, the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), also told his counterpart that Indian Army was sincere about maintaining peace on the LoC.
He also clarified that, even though they will retaliate to the unprovoked violation of the ceasefire, they “are sincere in an effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC provided there was reciprocity,” Army spokesperson Lt Col Aman Anand said.
The telephonic meeting went on for three hours after Pakistani Army fired mortar shells along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri today, which killed a 7-year-old-girl and an army soldier.
He said the conversation was initiated by the Pakistani commander, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who 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, Anand said.
The nearly 10-minute-long conversation over the hotline between the two army commanders came amid rising incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army and a spurt in violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
“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 the close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control”, he said.
The spokespersons said 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,” he said.
There were 23 incidents of ceasefire violations, one BAT (Border Action Team) attack and two infiltration bids by Pakistan in June, according to the Army.