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We reserve right to retaliate: India to Pak on LoC firings

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a stern message conveyed by the top Army brass, today told that it reserves the right to retaliate appropriately against any incident of ceasefire violation along the in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a telephonic conversation, Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt, the director general of military operations (DGMO), also told his Pakistani counterpart that the was sincere about maintaining peace on the


The DGMO made it explicitly clear that the reserves the right to retaliate against any ceasefire violation, but "is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the provided there was reciprocity", Army spokesman Col. Aman Anand said.

The telephone exchange took place three hours after the Pakistani army fired mortar shells along the in the Poonch and Rajouri districts, killing an jawan and a nine-year-old girl.

He said the conversation was initiated by the Pakistani commander, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who raised the issues of the "targeting" of Pakistani army troops and the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in the Athmuqam Sector of PoK facing the Indian Keran Sector in Kupwara District last week, Anand said.

The nearly 10-minute-long conversation over the hotline between the two army commanders came amid rising incidents of ceasefire violations by the army and a spurt in violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

"The Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all ceasefire violations were initiated by the army and the only responded appropriately to them," he said.

Firing by Indian troops was initiated only against "armed intruders attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control", he said.

The spokespersons said Bhatt also put across "emphatically" that the trend of infiltration along the continued with the active support of Pakistani forward posts, impacting peace and tranquillity as well as the internal security situation.

"This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani army troops," he said.

There were 23 incidents of ceasefire violations, one BAT (Border Action Team) attack and two infiltration bids by in June, according to the Army.

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