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Updated: July 9, 2013 16:49 IST

India suggests flag meeting on LoC

Sandeep Dikshit
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Soldiers patrol India-Pakistan border. India has suggested a flag meeting on the Line of Control with Pakistan to sort out the skirmishes that have led to the death of four soldiers from both sides since Sunday. File photo
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Soldiers patrol India-Pakistan border. India has suggested a flag meeting on the Line of Control with Pakistan to sort out the skirmishes that have led to the death of four soldiers from both sides since Sunday. File photo

We have enough firepower on the border to take care of any situation, says Antony

While talking tough, India has suggested a flag meeting on the Line of Control with Pakistan to sort out the skirmishes that have led to the death of four soldiers from both sides since Sunday.

The Army has suggested a brigadier-level meeting at Baloni in the Mendhar sector, one of the four spots on the LoC where flag meetings are usually held. There has been no response from the Pakistani side so far, say government sources.

On the other hand, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Friday that India had enough firepower on the border to take care of any situation and described the beheading of an Indian soldier on Tuesday as a “turning point.” The Minister, however, did not elaborate. “It is not an isolated incident. Ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts are increasing. It is a matter of concern to us and the tragic, provocative actions two days back [killing of two Indian soldiers and the beheading of one] were a turning point,” the Minister said.

“We are closely monitoring the whole development and Indian troops are on alert. At the same time, we have directed the DGMO [Director-General of Military Operations] to be in touch with his counterpart. Let’s see the result of that talk. The government, in a coordinated manner, is closely monitoring the situation and we will take every step to protect our interest and prestige of our armed forces,” he added.

India requested a flag meeting on a day when the Pakistan Foreign Office summoned High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal to complain about the firing purportedly from the Indian side of the LoC that killed a Pakistani soldier on Thursday.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin, while informing the media about the position taken by the High Commissioner in Islamabad, reiterated New Delhi’s position that it was “capable” of resolving bilaterally the issue that did not brook mediation by the United Nations or any other country.

Mr. Sabharwal had told the Pakistani side that Indians had opened fire in response to “unprovoked firing” from the other side. He also noted that the DGMOs of both the countries were in “regular touch.”

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It is a known fact that Indian armoury and soldiers has enough fire power to thwart every misadventure from Pakistani side.But what is lacking is the aggressive posture from our political masters who should be strong willed to scare the Pakistani marauders from indulging in such cross border savagery. Even though latest ceasefire violation has happened umpteenth time What we see is the usual bland standard statement such as "We are closely watching the developments and strongly condemn such acts of Pakistan." These are the standard phrase used by the Indian side which goes weak kneed . When we think of A.K . Antony.We have an image of a hapless Defence Minister who failed to take any action in the Tatra scandal until Gen.(Retd) V.K.Singh went public. Therefore his words does not inspire confidence among general public. It is tragic that such ministers are leading us in this hour of crisis

from:  A.Thirugnanasambantham
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 10:20 IST

When America attacks and killed BIN LADEN in PAKISTHAN without the knowledge of PAK, why and what for INDIA is waiting to attack PAK military inspite of they entered our SOIL and decapitated two Indian soldiers? Thanks, Kumar.

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 07:45 IST

A Flag Meeting on LoC indeed!More like a SHROUD meeting.India is dealing with a recalcitrant and unyielding neighbor who repeats this border skirmish,infiltration,firing across the LoC et al with metronomic regularity.And knowing full well that a retaliatory firing will be there,immediately summons our High Commissioner and lodges a strong protest before any similar protest is lodged in Delhi with the Pak HC.This game has been going on since partition probably with neither side relenting but only adding to the tally of soldiers killed on either side.It is high time that a group of UN officials be posted on both sides with the clear understanding that whichever officials whether the ones on our side or the ones on theirs report aggression from the opposite side that has to be accepted with further action to be decided by the UN HQ.It is however a given that Pakistan will never accept any report adversarial to it.

from:  Raj Kumar
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 06:06 IST

Why is it the answer, In my opinion it is wrong for our people and our safey, no, we need to fight.As I see it will be a final battle between evil as our forefathers fought the evil, it says in the puranas, are we at this stage, lets pray and fight and save.

from:  Masilamani
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 05:46 IST

I could be wrong but the rifles held by the soldiers in the picture look
like the good old and out dated ones. Can any learned service personnel
kindly throw more light on how good they are? And are they fit to be
used in such difficult circumstances ???

from:  shankar kare
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 03:52 IST

they r killed two indians and we r looking for talks and meetings with them.

from:  uday
Posted on: Jan 12, 2013 at 00:43 IST
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