In a stern message, Director-General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt spoke to his Pakistani counterpart on Monday and told him that India reserves the right to retaliate to any cross-border firing along the LoC.
Indian DGMO also conveyed that India was sincere about maintaining peace on the LoC.
India “is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC provided there was reciprocity”, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Aman Anand said.
The telephone exchange took place three hours after the Pakistani army fired mortar shells along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts, killing an Indian Army jawan and a nine-year-old girl.
He said the conversation was initiated by the Pakistani commander, Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza, who raised the issues of the “targeting” of Pakistani army troops and the death of four Pakistani soldiers and one civilian in the Athmuqam Sector of PoK facing the Indian Keran Sector in Kupwara District last week, Anand said.
The nearly 10-minute-long conversation over the hotline between the two army commanders came amid increase in incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army and a spurt in violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Indian DGMO in response highlighted that all ceasefire violations were initiated by the Pakistan army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them,” Anand said.
Firing by Indian troops was initiated only against “armed intruders attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control”, he added.
The spokespersons said Bhatt also put across “emphatically” that the trend of infiltration along the LoC continued with the active support of Pakistani forward posts, impacting peace and tranquillity as well as the internal security situation.
“This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani army troops,” he said.
According to the Army, there were 23 incidents of ceasefire violations, one BAT (Border Action Team) attack and two infiltration bids by Pakistan in June.
(With inputs from PTI)