After an Army jawan and a nine-year old girl were killed today in firing by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control (LoC), Indian Army said that it reserves the right to retaliate. Indian Army warned Pakistan that it will retaliate to any type of provocation across the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The message was passed to Pakistan by Indian Army director general of military operations Lt Gen A.K. Bhatt. In a telephonic conversation with Pakistani Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Bhatt told him that such cowardly acts will not be tolerated. He also told Mirza that the Indian Army will do everything that’s needed to maintain peace along the LoC.
Bhatt also made it clear to Mirza that all the ceasefire violations are initiated by the Pakistani army and India only acts in response to the firing and shelling by Pakistani troops. Bhatt also pointed out that firing from Indian side, if any, is only to stop terrorists from entering Jammu and Kashmir. Bhatt also talked about the increasing incidences of Pakistani troops helping militants to cross over to the Indian side.