Will hit back next time, says Army commander
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Making it clear that ceasefire violations by Pakistan will not be tolerated any more, India has asked its troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir to retaliate instantly in case of any unprovoked firing from across the border.
"I have ordered all the field commanders and jawans to retaliate instantly on the spot to any ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the future," said General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of the Northern Command, Lt General K T Parnaik, while speaking at Northern Command's investiture ceremony on the occasion of Army Day, near Akhnoor Tuesday.
He also said that even after agreeing for the flag meeting with India, there had been three ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the Krishna Ghati area. "However, we too reserve the right to retaliate at the place and time of our choice," he said.
The fresh incidents were reported in Mendhar, Balnoi and Uri. "We have not responded to these because they were not effective," he said, adding that the Army has a "lot of options". "We do not believe in reacting in haste and anger. We have our plans. We will react in time," he said.
The sacrifices of Hem Raj and Sudhakar Singh — the two Indian soldiers who were killed in a Pakistani raid in Mendhar last week and their bodies mutilated — will not go waste, Lt General Parnaik said.
The Northern Area Commander, however, ruled out the possibility of a full-fledged war with Pakistan. Describing these as localised incidents at a small level, Gen Parnaik said war with India was not in the interest of Pakistan. "I don't think that Pakistan wants to open another front with India in view of the highly volatile situation at home," he said. India too was not interested in war with Pakistan, he added.