1. Pakistan’s ceasefire violations aimed at protecting army’s lost prestige: Expert

Pakistan’s ceasefire violations aimed at protecting army’s lost prestige: Expert

Defence expert S.P. Sinha on Saturday said Pakistan is committing ceasefire violations to protect its army’s lost prestige post the surgical strike by India across the Line of Control.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2016 7:54 PM
Defence expert S.P. Sinha on Saturday said Pakistan is committing ceasefire violations to protect its army’s lost prestige post the surgical strike by India across the Line of Control. (Source: AP) Defence expert S.P. Sinha on Saturday said Pakistan is committing ceasefire violations to protect its army’s lost prestige post the surgical strike by India across the Line of Control. (Source: AP)

Defence expert S.P. Sinha on Saturday said Pakistan is committing ceasefire violations to protect its army’s lost prestige post the surgical strike by India across the Line of Control. “This ceasefire violation is going to keep increasing by the day up to 30th November. Firstly, loss of face of Pakistan Army…the army which used to claim that it will bleed India by thousand cuts cannot even protect its own trained terrorists.

Therefore, because of the surgical strike, there has been a loss of face with regard to Pakistan Army and within Pakistan the people are questioning the action or the credibility of Pakistan Army,” Sinha told ANI. Sinha said even a country like Saudi Arabia which once upon a time was a basic and main fund provider to Pakistan apart from America has also started singing tune in favour of India.

“Within his own party, Nawaz Sharif MPs are questioning why Pakistan is getting isolated in the international fora, be it SAARC, be it BRICS, be it United Nations. A country like Saudi Arabia which once upon a time was a basic and main fund provider apart from America has also started singing tune in favour of India and has said that terrorism in no form is acceptable to the world and the environment and India is right in taking action in defending its national interest,” he added.

Asserting that there is a titanic shift in the perception of countries which were very loyal and close to Pakistan, Sinha said this loss of face coupled with isolation of Islamabad in the world fora has caused deep concern in the psyche of the establishment, army, ISI and the government.

Besides an Indian Army soldier, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan also lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Machhal sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. Last night, in an encounter close to the Line of Control in Machhal sector, an Indian Army soldier lost his life and a terrorist was also neutralised. During the encounter, a terrorist mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts.

“This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisation across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response,” the Indian Army said in a statement.

Meanwhile, heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan has been reported in Kathua and Abdullian in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops are giving a befitting response to the ceasefire violation initiated by Pakistan.

On Friday, A BSF head constable was killed and seven civilians injured as Pakistan Rangers on Thursday continued firing mortar shells and small arms in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, while the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani, Mendhar and KG sectors.

However, A BSF spokesperson, said that a Pakistan Ranger was also killed and another injured in retaliatory fire. Ever since the Indian Army on September 29th carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, ceasefire violations are a daily norm along the LoC and five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured since.

On October 21, the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist in Kathua and on October 25, around three Pakistani Army personnel were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.

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