NEWS LoC FIRING
NEW DELHI: Continuing to take hits from the Pakistani army along the Line of Control in the western sector, India did what it is best at: it “summoned” the Pakistani diplomatic representative in the capital and “gave a piece” of its mind – in the form of a “warning” that retaliatory action will follow if Pakistan continued with its provocations.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent time with soldiers along the border regions, by meeting up jawans at Jaisalmer on Saturday, and distributing sweets to them to mark Diwali. He praised the courage of jawans and said India will adequately respond to any threats from across the border.
Pakistani forces are indulging in provocations and opening fire on security forces and civilian population across the border on this side for the past two days and nights, and several security personnel and civilians were killed and many wounded too. India says it retaliated with heavy gunfire and artillery shells.
There is no report of any serious damage being caused to the Pakistani side so far other than the likely killing of six soldiers, as per info gathered from radio intercepts, as the Indian military spokesperson stated a day ago.
The external affairs ministry too did what it is used to do in such situations. It condemned in “strongest terms” the Pakistani action at a time when India is celebrating Diwali. The external affairs ministry also “reminded” Pakistan of its commitment to not allow any of its territory for terrorist activities.
Perceptions are that the Modi government is found wanting in giving an adequate response to Pakistani provocations – some 4,000 plus ceasefire violations this year alone, so far – and failed to act tough. Pakistan says there have been more than 2,300 ceasefire violations by the Indian side this year.
WHAT PAKISTAN SAYS:
The Pakistani military on Wednesday claimed Indian troops had intensified violations and resorted to unprovoked firing in several sectors of the border near Sialkot. A statement issued by the military`s media arm claimed the BSF fired almost 4,000 mortar shells and 59,000 rounds from machine guns during the past two days.
Pakistan alleged that the “intensified violations” and “unprovoked firing” occurred in Pukhlian, Chaprar, Harpal and Charwah sectors near Sialkot. It said the Indian firing targeted civilian areas and 27 Pakistani posts. Pakistani troops “effectively responded” to the firing, it said.
FIRINGS AND FIRINGS
Notably, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government came to power since 2014, Pakistan has been on an offensive against India with new frenzy. In around 3,200 such LOC ceasefire violations since January 1, 2020, 24 Indian civilians have been killed and over 100 others injured, as per Indian data. –IHN-NN
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