India threatens to retaliate Pak firing

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 07:31 hrs

Ahead of a flag meeting between Indian and Pakistani army commanders in Poonch on Monday after a series of border skirmishes and killings, Indian army said it will go aggressive if provoked into it.

Calling the entire border campaign and ambushes by Pakistan as pre-planned and an operation based on lies, India´s Army Chief General Bikram Singh talked tough and said he has asked his men to go aggressive if there is any provocation from the other side.

Calling the beheading of an Indian soldier by Pakistan as unacceptable, General Singh said: "We got to retaliate to provocation to firing in a measured manner and for effects."

"We will uphold the ceasefire as long as the adversary upholds it. When we are fired at and provoked we shall respond immediately," he said.

He said in the face of provocation Indian Army should be aggressive and offensive.

He said the Indian response so far has been measured under extreme provocation.

"At the military level it is a technical operation dealt with by local commanders. I have given very clear directions to the Northern Commander in this regard," he said.

He said India will lodge a strong protest at the flag meeting. He said Pakistan´s claims of Indian action on Jan 6 is based on lies.

India had requested for a Brigadier-level flag meet to ease the tension at the Line of Control (LoC).

Ahead of the meeting, fresh firing reportedly took place from the Pakistani side at the Nangri-Tekri area across the Line of Control on Sunday evening. The Indian Army retaliated.

India will also demand the severed head of Lance Naik Hemraj Singh, who was killed by Pakistani army earlier.

The meeting at the brigadier level is at 1 pm on Monday. The meeting is scheduled in Poonch district´s Chakandabad.

On Saturday too, firing was reported from the Krishnaghati area in Poonch.

The firing on Saturday came a day after firing was reported from the Pakistani side on eight Indian posts in Krishna Ghati and Sona Gali sectors, amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Ties between the two nuclear armed neighbours deteriorated last week over border firing and killing of two Indian soldiers, including the beheading of one of the martyrs by Pakistani troops.

Pakistan has, however, denied its soldiers killed or beheaded any Indian soldiers.

Two Pakistani soldiers also died, reports said.

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