India retaliates in a befitting manner

  • PM Congratulates Jawan for protecting borders

  • Asks Congress not to play politics on security issues

  • Pakistan has to pay dearly, Jaitley warns

  • Befitting reply by BSF jawans: Rajnath Singh

  • Pak says it can reply but maintaining restraint

(Kasipathy)

narendra modi 1New Delhi, October 9: India has retaliated in a befitting manner the shelling by the Pakistan across the borders. Tension continues along the border as Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharief takes stock of the situation in a meeting with his colleagues in the government. Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has asked Pakistan to silence the guns first rather than complaining to the UNO.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated army jawans for protecting the borders and for showing Pakistan how strong India is. He has asked the Congress party not to play politics over national security. The prime minister has implored the political leader not to quarrel when our jawans are fighting to protect the borders. It is time when patriotism is on test. He said the jawans who have been waging a brave battle should not be demoralized by irresponsible politics.

Blame game in full swing

India and Pakistan have traded charges blaming each other for unprovoked shelling. While India has been complaining for more than a week that Pakistan army has been firing from across the Line Of Control to provide shield to the militants who are trying to infiltrate into Jammu & Kashmir, the Pakistan Defence Minister accused India of indulging in unprovoked shelling. Pak Defence Minister has said Pakistan is capable of replying to the provocation but it has been showing restraint. He said the people of Pakistan and its army are celebrating the id and they are not in a mood to fight. India should understand that Pakistan needs peace more than anything else, he remarked.

India has been warning Pakistan not to provoke. At least 8 persons were killed in the firing by Pakistani forces since October 1 when unprovoked shelling started from the other side. In the overnight acts of aggression three jawans were injured and five civilians received injuries, two in Samba district and three others in Jammu district.

The pounding from across the border was so intense and heavy that PM Modi who has been participating in election meetings in Maharashtra and Haryana had take a break for a brief meeting with Army Chief Dalbir Singh on the Air Force Day. India had also lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council. It is an indication of preparedness on the part of India for a war with Pakistan. After the ceasefire agreement signed by the two countries in 2003 this was the first time for the tension to be prevailed on the border for so many days and on such a large scale.

Unofficial reports say that the Indian army had given a strong and massive reply killing more than 70 militants and an undisclosed number of Pakistan soldiers. While the Indian army has been keeping vigil along the 700 km border with special watch on about 73 Pakistani posts Pakistan has been vigilant on 65 Indian posts.

Arun Jaitley warns Pakistan

As the tense situation is still continuing in border areas, the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday morning came down heavily on Pakistan and warned that if Pakistan does not stop the unprovoked firing, it will have to pay a heavy price.

 While speaking to media in Delhi, he stressed that “if Pakistan persists with adventurism, Indian forces will make the cost of it unaffordable for them”. He also said Pakistan uses firing as a cover to let militants infiltrate into Indian Territory. Ceasefire violations are an effort by Pakistan to precipitate tensions where none exists, he added.

 He also blamed Pakistan for its aggression by carrying out repeated ceasefire violations. He observed that “India is a responsible state. It is never an aggressor and never initiates any attack. Pakistan has been an aggressor. India’s prime duty is to defend its people and its territory. Pakistan has to stop this unprovoked firing and shelling, he said and added that as long as it continues how can there be peace?

 “We will not tolerate cross-border firing. The Army is giving befitting reply to Pakistan”, said Jaitley.

 Appreciating the armed forces for doing a commendable job and for giving befitting reply to Pakistan soldiers in defending the unprovoked acts of aggression, Jaitley said that, “Pakistan must realise that our deterrence will be credible”. The Defence Minister said unprovoked firing is taking place along the international boundary which is never in dispute. Many militants who were trying to cross over to India have been killed by Indian security forces in recent weeks, he said.

 Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also commended the Indian Army and said that the Border Security Forces are giving a befitting reply to the neighbours for violating the ceasefire. He replied to a query that “the PM is monitoring border situation very closely. I assure you that we won’t let the nation down”.

Explaining the retaliation by Indian forces, Rajnath Singh said “we are very satisfied with the response BSF is giving to Pakistan’s ceasefire violation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not need to respond to the events that are taking place on the International Border and Loc, Army is doing that”.

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