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SEPTEMBER 2013 ISSUE


Daily Battles
Despite frequent violations, ceasefire holds on the Line of Control
 


Army chief Gen. Bikram Singh flanked by Northern Army Commander LtGen. Sanjeev Chachra and Commander, 16 Corps Lt Gen. D.S.Hooda pay respect to the martyred soliders
Army chief Gen. Bikram Singh flanked by Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. Sanjeev Chachra and Commander,
16 Corps Lt Gen. D.S.Hooda pay respect to the martyred soliders


Poonch: After a decade of peace, the Line of Control (LC) in Poonch sector is hot again following the killing of five soldiers by Border Action Team (BAT) of Pakistan army at Khari Karmara village in Poonch sector on August 6.

This was the second BAT action in Poonch sector this year. Earlier, two soldiers were beheaded early January. The intense LC firing started three days after the BAT action only after the army got a go ahead for a befitting reply to Pakistani ceasefire violations in the sector.

“The small arms and mortar firing is routine since August 9,” says an army officer in Poonch. General Officer Commanding (GOC), 25 Infantry Division, Major General V.P. Singh says that he has received directions from defence minister A.K. Antony and Army chief General Bikram Singh to retaliate at “our choice of time and wish”.

The GOC says the field commanders have clear directions to retaliate with full force. “The directions are there with me. We will retaliate and respond to the situation as per requirement with full force at the time of our choice,” he adds.

Brigade Commander, 120 Infantry Brigade, A. Sengupta says, “Pakistani troops have been firing intensely on our forward posts daily with mortars, rockets, RPG and high calibre weaponry.” He said that his troops are alert whenever there is firing from across the LC and give a befitting reply.

The LC ceasefire violations are a result of Pakistan’s failed attempts to send across infiltrators into India. “Pakistan and ISI are making futile attempts to push in infiltrators by firing along LC. But their attempts have been repeatedly foiled since 2010,” added Singh.
 
 
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