NEW DELHI, July 18: The deadly war of attrition continues along the 778-km Line of Control, with New Delhi issuing another stern warning to Islamabad that it will continue retaliatory punitive fire assaults against Pakistan Army's targeting of Indian troops or providing covering fire to infiltrating terrorists.
Indian Director-general of military operations Lt General A K Bhatt conveyed the tough message to his Pakistani counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza over the hotline on Monday, holding the Indian Army "reserved the right to appropriately" hit back at all ceasefire violations. "Lt Gen Bhatt said Army was sincere in its efforts about maintaining peace and tranquility along the LoC but there has to be reciprocity. The DGMO was emphatic that Pakistan Army's forward posts continue to actively support infiltration," said a senior officer.
"He said this was also evident from the continuing sniping operations and targeting of our troops through cross-border actions duly supported by Pak Army troops," he added.
The terror infrastructure in Pakistan and PoK also remains intact, with terrorists once again assembled in infiltration launch pads in close proximity to Pak Army posts along the LoC," a senior officer said. The DGMO-level talks, which are usually held on Tuesdays, came after Pakistan sought them around 8.30pm on Sunday, soon after four of its soldiers and a civilian were killed when their vehicle on the lower Neelam Valley road came under fire in Athmuqam area of POK.
Sources said Indian troops from the 268 Brigade in Keran sector targeted the vehicle, which fell into the Neelam river, with heavy-calibre weapons to retaliate against Pak Army's shelling in Rajouri sector on Saturday. An Indian soldier, Lance Naik Mohammed Nasser (35), a resident of Poonch, had died in the firing. Another Indian soldier, Naik Muddasar Ahmed (37), a resident of Pulwama, and a five-year girl also died in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in Rajouri sector at 7.30am on Monday, which triggered yet another firing duel just three hours before the DGMOs spoke to each other.
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