Fernandes rules out crossing of LoC
28 October 2001
The Asian Age
Pathankot: Defence minister George Fernandes on Saturday ruled out crossing of Line of Control (LoC) but maintained that troops have been kept on constant alert along the Indo-Pak border in view of the new situation emerging after the US strikes on Afghanistan.''We will not cross LoC in any case,'' Fernandes told reporters after laying foundation stone of 4000 unit housing colony at Mamon military base here. ''If we did not do it during Kargil conflict, it was now not a question,'' he said. He said that reports of a crisis developing along the border with Pakistan is a ''media creation'' and that there was no ''extra ordinary activities'' on this side. He, however, said that in the kind of situation prevailing in the wake of the US strikes on Afghanistan, the country''s troops have been kept on alert along the border. Referring to recent exchange of fire between India and Pakistan in the Friday fortnight, he said the situation is well under control. ''I personally visited Siachen and Jammu sectors and reviewed the situation,'' he added. To a question about Pakistan president, General Pervez Musharraf''s battle with extremists in his country, Fernandes said that he has a tough job to do. ''Musharraf, who nourished Taliban, is now getting bullets given by him,'' he said.