India Army told to shoot back

2013-08-19 23:32
Indian civilian Mohammed Parvez, 25, who was injured in Pakistani firing along the disputed Kashmir border, receives treatment at the government hospital in Jammu. (File, AP)

Indian civilian Mohammed Parvez, 25, who was injured in Pakistani firing along the disputed Kashmir border, receives treatment at the government hospital in Jammu. (File, AP)

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New Delhi - India's army will take "all possible steps" to counter any ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border between the countries, the Indian defence minister said on Monday, warning not to take New Delhi's restraint for granted.

Skirmishes have erupted across the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border in Kashmir, since five Indian soldiers were killed earlier this month in an ambush which India has blamed on the Pakistan army.

"Our restraint should not be taken for granted nor the capacity of our armed forces to protect the sanctity of the LoC," Indian Defence Minister AK Antony told parliament's upper house.

"Now our army will take all possible steps - sometimes strong action - to effectively retaliate against every violation along the LoC," he added.

Islamabad has denied involvement of its soldiers in the ambush, one of the deadliest in years targeting Indian troops in the disputed Muslim-majority region.

Kashmir has been the trigger of two of the three wars between the nations.

The renewed tensions have jeopardised plans for what the two governments hoped might be a breakthrough encounter between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York next month.

Antony alleged that Pakistani soldiers were behind as many as 82 ceasefire violations on the border this year and warned of consequences on the country's long-term relations with Islamabad.

"Naturally this incident will have consequences on our behaviour at the LoC and on our relationship with Pakistan," he said.

India and Pakistan have mainly engaged in small-arms fire since the 2003 ceasefire agreement and refrained from heavy artillery battles.

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