Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited Jammu in the backdrop of recurrent ceasefire violation by the Pakistan army along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. The tension on the borders has also been accentuated due to several infiltration attempts from Pakistan side, which had been successfully foiled by the Indian security forces.
The Prime Minister is on a one day visit to Jammu to take part in the centenary celebrations of late Girdhari Lal Dogra, one of the tallest leaders of Jammu and Kashmir.
Till Thursday Narendra Modi government was holding hectic parleys in the wake of fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had even called an urgent meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at the North Block in New Delhi to review the situation. The meet was attended by the National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval as well.
Addressing the press after the high-level meeting on Thursday, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said, “there should be no doubt that any unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side would meet with an effective and forceful response from our forces. Nor we will let down our guard against infiltration and cross-border terrorism”.
The high-level meeting was preceded by a meeting between the NSA Ajit Doval and Director General of BSF, DK Pathak.
Confirming the jump in the number of ceasefire violations, Indian army assured a “firm” response to the violations as well as the infiltrations.
“We have seen over last two weeks or so that the number of incidents have increased,” said Northern Army Commander Lt General DS Hooda.
“The response has to be firm,” he added.
The tension between the two nations has heightened after Pakistani Rangers’ continuous firing and shelling along the International Border at Jammu since Wednesday. So far, an old woman has been killed and ten persons injured in the firing and shelling by Pakistan.
The latest series of the ceasefire violation on the part of Pakistan had come just a week after Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, in their bilateral talks in Russia, had decided to move ahead and resume dialogue.
India also lodged a strong protest with Pakistan, summoning its envoy in New Delhi and also taking up the pressing issue with the establishment in Islamabad.
On the other side, Pakistan authorities too summoned Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad and lodged a strong protest over an alleged “air space violation” by an alleged Indian “spy” drone near the Line of Control (LoC). But the Indian Army and Air Force, on its part, have completely dismissed any of its drones violating Pakistan air space.
(With inputs from the PTI)