September 2017 News

India Highlights Pakistan Infiltration, Firing At DGMOs' Meet

22 September 2017
The Economic Times
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung

Srinagar: India has told Pakistan that its forces were responsible for ceasefire violations, infiltration and targeting of Indian troops through cross-border actions along the India-Pakistan border, during a telephonic conversation Director-General of Military Operations Lt Gen AK Bhatt had with his Pakistani counterpart, Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Friday. India highlighted a recent incident when Border Security Force troops fired at armed infiltrators from close proximity of Pakistani posts along the International Border near Amritsar. The BSF later held a flag meeting with the Pakistan Rangers and handed over photographs of the intruders. The intruders were identified as Pakistani citizens and their mortal remains were handed over to the Rangers. 'This may have been the first time that Pakistan Rangers have claimed the bodies of such armed intruders. Otherwise in most cases they deny anyone having crossed the IB from their side,' said a senior government official. The Army said that the DGMO level talks were held at the behest of the Pakistani DGMO. Mirza raised the issues of Pakistani civilians opposite the Jammu sector being targeted by Indian troops. 'The Indian DGMO in response (to his counterpart) highlighted that all ceasefire violations in the Jammu sector were initiated by Pakistan Rangers and the BSF troops deployed there only responded appropriately to them. It was also emphasised that no targeted firing on civilians was carried out by Indian troops,' said Col Aman Anand, the Army's Public Relations Officer. On Thursday six civilians were injured when Pakistani troops fired at bor der outposts and villages along the international border in Jammu and Samba districts. About 700 people had to be evacuated. This year, there have been 472 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC guarded by the Army. This is way more than the combined ceasefire violations along the IB, where the BSF is deployed, and LoC, totaling 449 in 2016. Even in 2015, there were 405 ceasefire violations along the IB and LoC. The Indian DGMO also put across emphatically that the infiltration along LoC continued with 'active support of Pakistani forward posts'.

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