Army lodges strong protest over ceasefire violations by Pakistan

NEW DELHI : Amid heavy shelling on the International  Border, Indian Army’s military operations chief today lodged  strong protest over hotline to his Pakistani counterpart against  repeated ceasefire violations.
Army sources told  that Director General Military Operations (DGMO) spoke to Pakistan’s Military operations in-charge and deplored one of the gravest ceasefire violations by the Pak Rangers along International Border in Jammu and other sectors, causing heavy civilian casualties.     In the 17th such violation within this month, Pakistani Rangers today attacked 40 forward posts while Indian side adequately responded to the heavy mortar shelling and firing with equal measures.
India and Pakistan have a hotline arrangement in place on the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) level and both sides can press the hotline whenever the situation demands. Military operations chief of the sides talk to each other on every Tuesday.
According to sources, situation is very tense along the border as BSF posts were being targetted by the Pak rangers.     Directer General BSF DK Pathak, who rushed to the affected areas yesterday on the instructions of Home Minister Rajnath Singh, was closely monitoring the operations.     Strongly reacting to Pakistan’s unprovoked action, Mr Pathak told reporters that the BSF jawans have been given a go ahead to give a befitting response if their posts are attacked.      “We shall give a befitting response, BSF jawans are well prepared,” he said.
(AGENCIES)

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