Pot Calling Kettle Black, Retort Security Forces

7 July 2014
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria

Jammu: After Barjees Tahir, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir), asked India to 'take notice of ceasefire violations', security forces in Jammu and Kashmir described it an act of 'pot calling the kettle black'. 'They (the Pakistani army in tandem with the ISI and terror outfits) have an ulterior agenda to try and push infiltrators into Jammu and Kashmir to keep insurgency alive. Our job is to guard the frontiers and we are duty bound to respond to any mischief in an appropriate manner,' said a top Army source. On Monday, Tahir reportedly condemned 'firing along the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian troops in the Abbaspur area of Rawlakot in Pakistan-occupied Jammu and Kashmir'. The Pakistani troops had violated the truce agreement 37 times this year so far on the LoC, south of Pir Panjal range in the Jammu region. The figure of violations including intrusion bids had gone up to 12. The number of truce violations last year was 149. 'Militancy is on the decline in the state and remaining cadres are being eliminated in the hinterland. The Army has been foiling attempts to push in infiltrators,' said the source. 'The Pakistani army is more than desperate to fuel insurgency and is trying by opening fire on the LoC. The onus of maintaining peace largely rests with it as we do not have any ulterior agenda to pursue in Pakistan,' he said. 'Pakistan has between 40 and 50 terror camps on its soil to wage a proxy war against India. We do not have any,' he added. Last year, border action teams carried out two raids, killing seven of our soldiers in the Poonch sector. 'Rogue elements planted IEDs on our territory to inflict casualties on our patrol teams on the LoC. They open sniper fire at us. We have had enough, but at times, we have to act to discipline them,' he said. A BSF officer said the 198-km international border was calm for now, but one could not say for sure how long it would last. 'By and large, the international border is calm. Our officers and personnel are maintaining a sharp eye. We have been anticipating some mischief, but so far, nothing has taken place,' said the officer. 'Sniper fire by Rangers and intrusion bids are the common modus operandi. The denial by Rangers to every mischief is the standard reply,' he said. 'We know that they will not only deny it, but blame us as well for any skirmish. Even then, bridges of communication via flag meetings should remain open,' he added.