Unscheduled DGMO-level talks between India and Pakistan took place today wherein Pakistan DGMO alleged that Indian security forces have “resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control”. The request for the hotline interaction came from Pakistan. As per established procedure both sides interact through the hotline every Tuesday.
Indian Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen A K Bhatt, however, maintained that “retaliatory firing by Indian troops has only been carried out in response to unabated support given by Pakistan Army to armed terrorists who infiltrate across the border and target Indian Army posts”.
South Block in a written statement released after the telephonic interaction between the two generals–Lieutenant General A K Bhatt for India and Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza for Pakistan–said India has made clear punitive action from India will continue as long as Pakistan Army continues to help and support terrorist infiltrate into India.
Lt Gen Bhatt said that Indian Army always maintains impeccable standards of professionalism and does not target civilians. “On the contrary, Pakistan Army has employed civilians at the forward posts and accorded permission for permanent locations of civilians in the vicinity of Pakistan Army posts,” the DGMO said. These civilians, the DGMO alleged, have been used for gaining information on Indian troop locations and providing guides to terrorists while crossing the LoC.
Blaming Pakistan Army for “collateral damage” and “aiding infiltration across the LoC”, Lt Gen Bhatt told his Pakistan counterpart that while Indian Army will strive to maintain peace along the borders, “support provided to terrorists while crossing the LoC by Pakistan Army is the prime reason for any collateral damage and is attributed to Pakistan Army for aiding infiltration across the LoC”.
Hitting out at Pakistan for supporting terrorism, India’s DGMO said that “Indian Army will continue to take all retaliatory measures as well as retain the right to punitively respond to such provocative acts of aggression from Pakistan side in future too”.