With increasing cross-border terrorism since the Uri attack at Kashmir, the Deputy general of the Border Security Forces (BSF), K K Sharma, today said that it’s not possible to stop ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attacks but Indian army and BSF can resist it from being successfully executed.
The Deputy General claimed that in spite of raising tensions along the International border, there has been no cross-border firing as yet. Tensions rose across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir since four heavily armed terrorists attacked army bases in the Uri district of Kashmir on 18th September, claiming the lives of 18 Indian Indian Army jawans.
Accusing Pakistan of having involvement in the Uri terror attack, Indian planned and carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in Pakistan, destroying several terrorist launch pads and killing at least 38 terrorists. Days after the surgical strikes, terrorists attacked the BSF army camps in Baramullah district of Kashmir, claiming the life of one BSF jawan, following which there were cease-fire violations across the border.
The prevailing tensions across the international border had also affected the retreat ceremony at the Wagah border on Sunday. During the flag meeting between the BSF and the Pakistani rangers, a group of people threw stone towards India and shouted out anti-India slogans. Though no injuries were reported, the incident worsened the relationship between the two neighbouring countries which were already disturbed by the cross- border terrorist activities in recent times.
“Yes there was an incident of stone pelting near Wagah border, we held flag meet with Pak counterparts & raised this issue,” General K K Sharma said in a statement to ANI.
The Deputy General also said that BSF wants the number of deaths in the area to come down but the force is also concerned about cattle smuggling across the border and often use non-lethal weapons to stop it.
On the rise in the number of people evacuating the border region, after the surgical strikes by India, Sharma said, “BSF never gave orders for evacuation of villages near International Border.”