November 2017 News

Will Take All Retaliatory Measures: DGMO

18 November 2017
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: The Indian Army today told the Pakistani military that there appeared to be a 'disconnect' between the Pakistan army headquarters' intent and the actions of its troops along the Line of Control and asked it to address this 'credibility gap'. In a telephonic conversation over the hotline, Indian Army's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt told his Pakistani counterpart that Indian troops will continue to take all retaliatory measures and 'retain' the 'right' to punitively respond to any provocative acts of transgression from the Pakistani side, the Army said. The unscheduled talks took place following a request from the Pakistani DGMO, who during the conversation, accused Indian security forces of resorting to unprovoked firing and targeting civilians in the Poonch sector, it said. Lt Gen Bhatt emphatically conveyed to Pakistan DGMO Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza that retaliatory firing by the Indian troops is carried out in response to unprovoked and repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the Army's Additional Directorate General of Public Information said in a statement. It said Lt Gen Bhatt told the Pakistani DGMO that there appeared to be a 'disconnect between the intent at the Pak GHQ (General Headquarters) which reiterates its desire for peace and the actions of Pak troops along the Line of Control, who resort to heavy firing without provocation.' He further exhorted Maj Gen Mirza to resolve this 'existent credibility gap' to ensure that peace and tranquillity is maintained along the LoC. The Army said Lt Gen Bhatt clarified that Indian troops always maintain 'impeccable standards of professionalism' and do not target civilians in any manner. Bhatt said that the Indian Army will continue its efforts to ensure peace and tranquility along the borders. The LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a spurt in ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops and the Indian Army has been retaliating effectively to Pakistani actions.