India today told Pakistan that it reserves the right to retaliate appropriately against any incident of ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Lt Gen A K Bhatt, the director general of military operations(DGMO), also told his Pakistani counterpart that the Indian Army was sincere about maintaining peace on the LoC.
Army Spokesman Lt Col Aman Anand said “is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC provided there was reciprocity”. “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
The telephone exchange took place three hours after the Pakistani army fired mortar shells along the LoC in the Poonch and Rajouri districts. The attack has left two casualties – one that of an Indian Army Jawan and a nine year old girl.
Pakistani commander, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza who initiated the conversation highlighting the issues of the “targeting” of Pakistani army troop which resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in the Athmuqam sector of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir was given a stern warning from the Indian counterpart. The conversation over the hotline lasted for close to 10 minutes.
Firing by Indian troops was initiated only against “armed intruders attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control,”said the Army Spokesperson who added further “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.