Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Pakistan's Army Asks India to End Retaliatory Firing

Pakistan's Army Asks India to End Retaliatory Firing

While stating that India wants peace along its border, Indian Director General Military Operations Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt on Monday told his Pakistani counterpart that "appropriate retaliatory action" will be taken if Pakistan abets infiltration.

Special Hotline Contact was established between Pakistan and Indian DGMOs on Monday in the backdrop of recent ceasefire violations by Indian Army along Line of Control and Working Boundary, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

He said that the Pakistan Army was committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.

It said Lt Gen Bhatt highlighted cases of escalations of tension by the Pakistan Army during the conversation.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry had summoned Indian deputy High Commissioner on June 1, alleging unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian Army in Battal, Jandrot and Kotli sectors which, they claimed had killed two civilians and injured five others.

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The police said Pakistani troops were targeting residential areas and hamlets with mortar bombs and the shells were landing deep inside the border.

The Pakistani DGMO raised the issue of civilian killings.

Lt Gen Bhatt and Maj Gen Mirza last spoke on May 2 when the Indian DGMO warned Pakistan for an "unequivocal response" for the "dastardly and inhuman" act of killing and mutilating the bodies of two Indian soldiers.

The Pakistan army on Sunday released a video purportedly showing damage it has caused to the Indian military posts across the LoC. So far, in this year, at least 65 terrorists have been gunned down by security forces and till May end, Pakistani side has violated the ceasefire agreement by 155 times and at least 19 infiltration bids were foiled by the army so far. Indian Army sources said the video was fake and there were no casualties. Pakistani troops give cover fire to infiltrators.

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