With Pakistan not responding to the repeated telephone calls from India, the Border Security Force (BSF) jawans have been asked to respond to any incident of unprovoked firing from across the international border with a higher intensity.
Inspector General of BSF in Jammu frontiers, Rakesh Sharma, said that during the DGMO level meeting between two countries last year, it was decided that when ever there is firing from one side, the sector level commander on the other side will call his counter part to sort out the issue. “Ever since Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the Indian side since July 16, sector commanders on our side have rang up their Pakistani counterparts at least 16 times. However, the latter have not responded even once,” he said.
“We are not going to tolerate any shelling on our civilians,” he said, adding that the BSF troops have been asked to deal with more intensity to the situation as and when the arises,” he said. “We have received clear orders from the top and these have been conveyed to te troops at ground level,” he said.
When asked about the steps being taken to defuse the situation, he said that that BSF was prepared to attend the flag meeting whenever it is called by Pakistan. However, the latter has not responded to any of their calls in the past.