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Armed forces free to respond as appropriate: Antony
Updated: Apr 20, 2014 05:30 AM , By Vinay Kumar | 7 comments
Soldiers on vigil near the Line of Control. Escalating border tension, Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire for the fifth time in the last three days by targeting forward Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district. File photo
Soldiers on vigil near the Line of Control. Escalating border tension, Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire for the fifth time in the last three days by targeting forward Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district. File photo

Even as the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir remains tense in the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Defence Minister A. K. Antony on Monday said that armed forces were free to respond to the situation "appropriately".

Refusing to answer questions on politics by journalists in Kochi after the launch ceremony of India's first indigenous aircraft carrier, Mr. Antony said that Parliament was in session and he would not reply to any question about his two statements In Parliament on the killing of five Indian soldiers at the LoC in Poonch sector that had created a storm.

He was asked about the situation on the LoC and his directions to the Army after the incident on the LoC. "Armed forces are free to respond to developing situation there (on the LoC) appropriately",' Mr. Antony said.

PTI adds:

Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire for the fifth time in the last three days by targeting forward Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch district with mortar shells, rockets and small arms firing.

The Indian troops, guarding the borderline, took positions and retaliated resulting in heavy exchanges.

“Pakistan troops opened heavy firing with small arms, mortar shells and rockets on Indian forward posts along LoC in Poonch and Durga Battalion areas around 0150 hours”, Defence Spokesman S.N. Acharya said on Monday.

“It was yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan”, the Spokesman said, adding the firing took place from 0150 hours till 0600 hours.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the Pakistani firing, Mr. Acharya said.

Pakistani troops fired at 11 posts in Digwar, Mankote and Durga Battalion areas along the LoC in Poonch.

This is fifth ceasefire violation by Pakistan troops in the past three days.

Pakistani troops had fired at Durga Battalion area with small arms firing and mortars along LoC in Poonch around 2150 hours on Sunday night. The firing continued for three hours and Army troops from this side retaliated, he said.

There have been 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops this year from January 1 to August 5, which is 80 per cent more than the corresponding period last year.


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  • What Mr,Aravind said may apply to our government also .to divert the attention of public from these turmoils,scams,failures,the heads of government are engaging in this play.but the truth is soldiers are dying by our inefficiency and lack of diplomacy.
    From: kvl shanta
    Posted: Aug 14, 2013 at 11:32 IST
  • Its an abysmally shameful act by the Pak troops. Don't they value lives as we do. I am really proud of my brothers who stand boldly at LOC no matter what happens. Its high time now, five time violation of ceasefire within a span of just 3 days. If Pak government don't value lives we Indians definitely do. Proper actions should be articulated by the Defense Minister, a very vague statement like the one said above. Is not what we seek from our defense minister. A proper execution-able plan is required from our higher authorities. Does they leave it up-to their sons, in case they are in a difficult situation, I doubt so. why then they are so lenient in their approach, do they don't have any obligations towards the army personnel fighting for our safety.
    From: Prem
    Posted: Aug 13, 2013 at 1:28 IST
  • Finally a near-okay response from the defence ministry.
    From: Ravi
    Posted: Aug 12, 2013 at 17:29 IST
  • Men at the border are the best judges of the ground situation. Retaliation in the same coin is the necessity of the time to avoid incursion through the border
    From: SAJAN
    Posted: Aug 12, 2013 at 16:49 IST
  • I read on the topic in Pakistani print media. Interestingly, news appearing on both sides are same except Pakistanis blaming Indians for violations and vice versa. I wonder what is the truth? If i go by Nationalistic approach, i would say that it were Indians who initiated the violations and anyy Indian would accuse Pakistan for the same. I wish i could come to know The Truth........ Anyways, any impression that Pakistan, due to its internal issues, is trying to divert attention by blaming Pakistan then its wrong. Pakistan is already having enough troubles and would never want to add to its problems......Let Better Sense Prevail on both sides..
    From: Ali Hassan
    Posted: Aug 12, 2013 at 14:37 IST
  • Fully agree with Mr. Aravind and also want to emphasise the need for ensuring double protection to the valuable life of every patriotic soldiers of our nation, instead of retaliations.
    From: anilendran menon
    Posted: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:23 IST
  • With Pakistan's internal turmoil the Pak army might think that the only cause that can unite Pakistan is war against India and hence these actions on the LOC. Hope the Indian media and politicians(with pseudo nationalism) don't fall for it.
    From: Aravind
    Posted: Aug 12, 2013 at 11:45 IST