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Updated: August 12, 2013 18:02 IST

Armed forces free to respond as appropriate: Antony

Vinay Kumar
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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
The Hindu 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 on: 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 on: Aug 13, 2013 at 01:28 IST

Finally a near-okay response from the defence ministry.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: 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 on: 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 on: 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 on: 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 on: Aug 12, 2013 at 11:45 IST
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