Pakistan army note hints at worry about India’s LoC response

“Any misadventure by Indian Army across Line of Control will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences,” Pakistan army’s ISPR said in a statement

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 15, 2017 8:49 am
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As the two armies exchange heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Naushera sector of J&K, top Army sources said the Pakistan army is displaying signs of nervousness about a trans-LoC response from India to the beheading of two security forces personnel on the Indian side on May 1.

On Saturday, Pakistan army’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) released a statement which said that “any misadventure by Indian Army across Line of Control will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences”. This followed Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit to Line of Control in Nikial sector, which has witnessed heavy exchange of fire by both sides over the past two weeks.

Top Army sources in Jammu and Kashmir told The Indian Express that radio intercepts and intelligence inputs from the Pakistani side of LoC show a very high state of alert since the beginning of this month. On May 1, regular Pakistan army soldiers had crossed over to the Indian side of the LoC, killing two security forces personnel and mutilating their bodies.

The ISPR statement, sources said, reflects the mindset of the Pakistan army, which is worried about a trans-LoC operation by the Indian Army to avenge the death and mutilation of two soldiers. “Such a statement is highly unusual and it follows their chief’s visit to the area. It is almost an admission that they are scared of our response,” sources explained. But the sources refused to talk about the certainty, nature or time of a trans-LoC response, stating that “these are matters which are decided at the highest levels after considering many factors. Our options and plans have always existed, even before these beheadings took place”.

Sources also said the Army has adopted a stronger stance on the LoC in the Naushera-Poonch sector over the past 14 days, using heavy weapons in direct firing roles, rockets and other infantry weapons to target the Pakistani posts and bunkers. The Pakistani side has also responded with equal intensity, forcing more than 1,000 villagers on the Indian side of the LoC to move to temporary camps. As reported by The Indian Express on April 29, there has been a sharp increase in the number of ceasefire violations on the LoC in Naushera, Poonch and Rajouri regions this year. While there were only two instances of ceasefire violations in 16 Corps Zone till mid-April last year, the number had now shot up to 60 this year. This was primarily led by a proactive stance of the Army, which was intent on repulsing any attempts at infiltration on the LoC from areas south of the Pir Panjal range.

Last year, there were 226 ceasefire violations on the LoC, south of Pir Panjal, up from 152 in 2015 and 153 in 2014. The ceasefire on the LoC between India and Pakistan was announced on November 26, 2003, and had been mostly upheld till last year. The ceasefire allowed the Army to construct the fencing on the LoC, while denying infiltrating militants the advantage of covering fire. This brought the infiltration of militants into Kashmir Valley down to a trickle, allowing the security situation to stabilise. A rise in ceasefire violations on the LoC over the past couple of years has accompanied the deteriorating internal security inside Kashmir Valley.

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  1. B
    May 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm
    Converted Hindus pretending to be Arabs or Persians or whatever. Look at their army chief Bajwa. Hard core Hindu name, Bajwa. And look at his actions. He brings disgrace to his own forefathers. All these Khokhars, Cheemas, Chaudhrys (Gujjars), Sehgals, Sethis, Sandhus, Waraichs, Butts, Bhattis, Dars (Dhars) . Khokhars are the Hindu tribe who killed Mohammad Ghori for invading India. Do stanis even know where they came from? Bizarre. It is at every level. Helping America to take money and then backstabbing them by sheltering Osama bin Laden. America in cash and kind has helped stan to the tune of $100 billion. And look at how much they hate them. It's dishonest and deceitful. But they have built this fake story of how they double-crossed them. They didn't. stan double-crossed them. Bizarre. Their entire ownership of KPK is based on Sikh conquests. Afghanistan has never recognized it. It is the only country in the world that opposed stan's admission to the UN in 1948.
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      Arsi Arain
      May 15, 2017 at 7:23 pm
      Modi wants pu&&y soldiers heads back and want those heads be washed in cow Ur!ne.
      1. J
        May 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm
        It is obvious that you are a 'P. A . K . I' ( belonging to a terrorist state) I don't know what you are doing on this site. Your time has come as India has zero tolerance now and we will be coming soon, so hold onto your pants. We will soon disect you and finish you off once and for all. Jai Hind
        1. B
          May 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm
          We see you clearly for what you are. Stockholmed Converts. Your original aulters are long gone. Dead, faded into history. They do not torment anyone or anybody. You are left behind as Zombie Servants of a long-gone system. Your land screams Hinduness, your names scream Hinduness, your genetics scream Hinduness. It is no surprise that you have slid into civil war. We are not twins, we are not equivalent, we are not your Hindu equivalent, we will never be a Hindu state. We are very divergent countries. You do not understand us at all, that much is obvious. Our impulse of independence and standing alone is jealous and fierce. Yours is not. You are missing this entire sentiment. Foreign drones strafe your territory at will. Chinese come and take entire townships and expel you to outside their compounds in your own land. Zero pride, zero independence. Disgusting people. Slaves.
        2. S
          S.Nagaraja Rao
          May 15, 2017 at 7:21 pm
          We must continue this pressure on stan.No question of any relax.Should give be ing reply. for tat.If we get the Iran & Afghanistan also to build such pressure on their borders with stan against the terrorist, then only Pak will relent.
          1. I
            indian man
            May 15, 2017 at 11:47 am
            India has more Mus lim than Pakstn then why not this Mus lim countries hold hands and become brothers.
            1. L
              May 15, 2017 at 6:09 pm
              So what we have more muslims? What is the need for cooperating with countries that sponsor terrorism? Why does any friendship with any country needs to have religious color? Why on Muslims are brothers and others cannot be? This Muslim first, Only Muslim, Muslim brothers is BAD for the world. Think about EVERYONE, EVERY religion.. Keep your religion in your bedroom.
              1. A
                May 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm
                agree with you.
              2. B
                May 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                No thanks. Close the border. These people are sick and disgusting. We have nothing in common with these cowards. Slaves - first of Mughals, then British, then American, then Chinese. They do not understand what a free people are. Look at this guy Bajwa. Hindu name! Dishonouring his own forefathers. What honour can such people have? None.
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                Cd Ashok
                May 15, 2017 at 11:20 am
                They need not be scared......we do not possess the will to take appropriate action. Our response will be full of rhetoric, devoid of any real action. National security is subservient to political votes to remain in power.
                1. B
                  May 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                  Unless I am mistaken, we tore them in two. They surrendered. It will happen again. This time, Balochistan will be set free. Kulbhushan Yadav's name is being added to the long line of illustrious Baloch freedom fighters. Balochistan will be free. stan will have to end its colonial occupation there. Baloch-India brotherhood is forever. Today, it has a handsome new face that all Indians will be able to recognise and relate to. Balochistan will be free. Just like Bangladesh. It too will breathe the pure air of freedom. Azad Balochistan Zindabad!
                2. G
                  Giri Gowda
                  May 15, 2017 at 11:19 am
                  Ek bar bada bomb dalke katam kardo is Papistan ko... World will be peaceful after that...
                  1. R
                    Ramesh ahuja
                    May 15, 2017 at 10:50 am
                    As per local stan news ,India has occupied 5 km of POK in nawshera.
                    1. M
                      Manas Sarkar
                      May 15, 2017 at 9:49 am
                      At the same time we should do another surgical strike in Pak. Kill more of their terrorist and Pak army.
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