India orders 'aggressive' response to any Pakistan firing

I expect my unit commanders should fire back, says Indian army chief General Bikram Singh.

Web Desk/afp January 14, 2013
An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers patrols along the border fence at an outpost along the India-Pakistan border in Suchit-Garh, 36 kms southwest of Jammu on January 11, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

NEW DELHI: The Indian army's chief of staff on Monday ordered his commanders to give an "aggressive" response to any firing by Pakistani forces along the de facto border in disputed Kashmir.

"We expect our commanders to be aggressive," General Bikram Singh said ahead of a meeting between Indian and Pakistani commanders to discuss a recent deadly flare-up in the region.

"The orders are very clear: when provoked, I expect my unit commanders should fire back," he added.

India says one of its soldiers was beheaded and another was killed by the Pakistani army on January 8, an incident that has rocked an already fragile peace process between the two sides.

However Pakistan denies that such an incident took place and says that two of its soldiers have also been killed in the last eight days along the so-called Line of Control, where a ceasefire has been in place since 2003.

Singh said the treatment of the Indian soldiers was "an unpardonable act".

"We want the Pakistani army to hand over the head of the soldier as soon as possible," he said at a press conference in New Delhi.

"We want to keep the dialogue process on and also explore the best ways to communicate with Pakistan but the attacks must stop," Singh added.

Meanwhile the family of the decapitated soldier, Lance Naik Hemraj, has gone on a hunger strike as part of a campaign to ensure that his severed head is returned.

"I want my husband's complete body. He served the country and deserves respect," his wife Dharmvati told the Hindi-language Zee TV news channel.

Flag meeting

Pakistani and Indian army officials held a flag meeting in the Poonch sector on Monday, where Pakistan Army officials rejected Indian allegations of ceasefire violations, sources told Express News.

Pakistan Army officials also presented proof to their Indian counterparts of an attack on a Pakistani check post. They said that Indian army officials crossed the LoC on January 6 and attacked Azad Kashmir. On retaliation, they ran off leaving behind their weapons, they added.

The officials presented the guns left behind by Indian soldiers and also gave details of about more than 10 ceasefire violations by India in the month of January.


Clear Black Bag | 10 years ago | Reply

@Enlightened: Pakistan also has been patiently showing patience and tolerance on Indian army's aggression and LoC's violation and yes you are absolutely rightful because the exact and accurate time has come to stop cross-border terrorism by teaching the august lessons to Indian army troops in any means and manifestations because India and Indian forces are not the angels and also don't have angelic feelings about/for Pakistan and never forget it that LoC is never an International Border (I.B)....

Enlightened | 10 years ago | Reply

@Ghaznavi: Let me make very clear to you my friend that India is not interested in taking an inch of Pakistan territory and have never crossed the LoC or IB for the past six decades but during the same period Pakistan in 1965, 1999 ie Kargil crossed the same and committed aggression. Pakistan during the past four decades have been sending militants across the LoC however India never reciprocated the same but still offered a hand of friendship to its neighbour. . India had so far patiently borne all of above and refrained from taking any hard measures which was taken as our weakness. Time has come to put an end to cross-border terrorism and teach Pakistan a good lesson.

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