Committed to peace, but will respond to unprovoked firing by Pak: Foreign Secretary

"The photograph of the drone suggests that it is not of Indian design, said Jaishankar adding that India remains committed to steps that contribute to peace on border.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 16, 2015 9:50 pm
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Amid heightened tension along their border resulting in casualties on both sides, India on Thursday warned Pakistan of “effective and forceful” response to unprovoked firing and cross-border terrorism. India also rejected Pakistan claims of shooting down its drone near the Line of Control (LoC).

Jaishankar was addressing reporters after a high-level meeting called by Home Minister Rajnath Singh with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to review the situation on the border. The meet was also attended by Doval and the Foreign Secretary.

Asserting that India remained committed to steps that contribute to ensuring peace and tranquillity on the border, Jaishankar said, “However, there should be no doubt that any unprovoked firing from the Pakistani side would meet with an effective and forceful response from our forces. Nor we will let down our guard against infiltration and cross-border terrorism.”

Asked if India will go ahead with its engagement as was decided in Ufa, Russia, he said,”I think my statement made it very clear. If the intention or the inclination is to strengthen peace and tranquillity on the border and do the meetings that we have agreed to do, we remain committed to that.

“If on the other hand there is unprovoked firing and there is infiltration and cross-border terrorism then, obviously the situation is different. So that choice is not ours.”

Observing that nature of unprovoked firing by Pakistan was “serious”, the Foreign Secretary said, therefore, there were series of consultations between the officials of the two sides. “The National Security Advisor spoke to the Pakistan envoy twice yesterday and once today. I also spoke to Basit on the border situation,” he said.

Accusing Pakistan of “shifting the blame to India” for the ceasefire violations, he said there was no response from Pakistan to address the situation.

India’s response came amid a blame game between the two countries over shooting down of an alleged spy drone and ceasefire violation at the Line of Control (LoC) in which one Indian woman and nearly 10 others were injured in Akhnoor sector of Jammu.

Pakistan has claimed that four of their nationals have been killed in the ceasefire violations by India.

Rejecting Pakistan’s allegation that an Indian spy drone entered their air space in violation of International Law, Jaishankar said picture of drone in question shows it’s not of Indian design or available in Indian armed forces’ inventory.

“It appears to be a Chinese design which is available off the shelf, the Foreign Secretary said.

He also countered Pakistan government’s charge over Heli manoeuvres by India near LoC on July 11 2015 as an “offensive and threatening posture”.

“In so far as the allegation of the helicopter manoeuvres is concerned, this has already been taken up and settled through an exchange of hotline messages between local formation commanders at Teetwal on July 12-13.

“The helicopter flight was in connection with the counter-terrorism operation in which three terrorists were neutralised. The Pakistani side raised the issue of our helicopter flight and we had clarified that it was well within the mutually accepted distances from the LoC in India. That the Pakistani government four days later is raising a controversy on a settled issue speaks for itself,” he said.

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    Satendra kumar
    Jul 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm
    The line of control between India and stan should be corrected as insurgents and other terrorist groups any other nationals besieged the loc.
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      Syed Azmathullah
      Jul 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm
      Indians do not take weak opponents lightly, but begin to show off heroics, and in relation to stan, they have enjo unlawful support from colonialists, communists and Zionists.
      1. G
        Jul 17, 2015 at 5:31 am
        For once we have a "news" story. This Secretary is I believe too smart for his counterpart across the border. I suspect stan lacks top civilian manpower and is therefore playing the game controlled by their army and ISI.
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        George Cruz
        Jul 17, 2015 at 1:08 am
        Mr.Khan, do you think stan army is 20 times stronger than Indian army and in case of war they can occupy good chunks of northern India in less than week as portra by the university students in Islamabad?? Do you think stan's economy is FOUR times stronger than Indian economy?? Do you think that the Indian army is afraid of stan army's super super power???
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          George Cruz
          Jul 17, 2015 at 12:55 am
          The reality is that the stan is controlled by the military, ISIS, and Clerics/Mullahs and the dummy democratic government headed by Nawaz Sheirf is a dummy one and has no power. The situation sounds similar to the ones in 1965 and 1971 where in stan got sophisticated weapons from US and the military generals got boldened, attended Mosques one Friday, and gave green signal to the war. The world thinks that stan is a failed state the university students in Islamabad think that stan army is 20 times stronger militarily, stan economy is four times bigger, and that stan army can occupy good chunks of northern India within a week.
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            Habibul Alam
            Jul 16, 2015 at 9:58 pm
            Dont forget there are vested interests in both the countries who do want good relationship between two countries. Be cautious of them.
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              Habibul Alam
              Jul 16, 2015 at 9:56 pm
              Why dont the two governments jointly investigate the origin of the drone? That information will surely give idea and from there move forward blame the responsible party. It may also be possible none of these two countries were not involved>
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                Narendra M
                Jul 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm
                (1) Our commitment to peace with stan will never be sincerely and honestly reciprocated by stani rulers for a very simple reason: stani politicians’ and government’s obsession with Kashmir. Till they realize that it is rather foolish to do so, provocations on our border with stan will continue. (2) While on the one hand Mr. Sartaj Aziz (Foreign Policy & Security Adviser of PM of stan) claims that Prime Ministers of India and stan have initiated a process of establishing cordial relations between two countries, on the other hand, the High Commissioner of stan in India is ready to endanger the process. He has by done it already by sending invitation of Ramadan dinner to Kashmiri separatists. (3) Let us make it very clearly: Dialogue with stan is necessary but not on terms dictated by stan. With this kind of provocative atmosphere, is normalization of relations between two countries possible?
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