The India and Pakistan Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) today held talks over the issue of cross-border firing. The talks between the two DGMOs took place over a telephonic conversation where the Indian Army in a blunt manner, conveyed to Pakistan that it reserves the right to “retaliate appropriately” to any incident leading to the loss of lives of its troops due to Pakistani firing along the Line of Control, according to news agency PTI. According to the Army, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, who is the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations in the talk with his Pak counterpart said that the trend of cross-border infiltration with “active support” of Pakistani forward posts has been continuing, and it was impacting peace and tranquility in the border areas.
The Army said, “Lt Gen Bhatt reiterated that the Indian Army is a professional Army and reserves the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident leading to loss of lives of Indian troops.” Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who is the Pakistan DGMO was also told by Lt Bhatt that that cross-border infiltration was also impacting internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Bhatt further said that the impact is evident from continued attempts of snipers and targeting of Indian troops undertaken through cross-border actions “duly supported” by the Pakistan Army troops. Bhatti in the conversation reaffirmed to his Pak counterpart that the Indian Army would like to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC provided there was a reciprocal effort from Pakistan.
The Army as quoted by PTI said, “The Indian DGMO in his response highlighted that all ceasefire violations in the Jammu sector were initiated by Pakistani Rangers and the BSF troops deployed only responded appropriately to them.” They further said, “It was also emphasised that no targeted firing on civilians was carried out by the Indian troops. Apart from this, firing by BSF troops was initiated against armed intruders attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pakistani posts along Amritsar border.”