New Delhi/Jammu: India on Tuesday lodged a protest with Pakistan over escalating border ceasefire violations in the “heaviest” cross-border firing since the 1971 Indo-Pak war. The protest was lodged during the telephonic talks between the DGMOs (Director General Military Operations) of the two countries and agreed to hold flag meetings to defuse the tension.
Army sources in Delhi stated that the talk was held around 12 noon for about 10 minutes during which “all relevant issues” were raised. “The two sides have agreed to hold flag meetings at field levels by both Army and BSF to defuse the situation,” sources said. There have been 95 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) and it has also breached the ceasefire pact 25 times on the International Border.
Sources stated that defence minister Arun Jaitley also held a meeting with the three Services chiefs during which they discussed the ceasefire violations by Pakistan and the Indian response.
Meanwhile, the BSF said the firing by Pakistani forces in the last 45 days was possibly the “heaviest” since the 1971 war.
“Yes this is the heaviest firing for last so many years, I think may be after the 1971 war. 45 days is a very long period for this kind of thing to happen”, BSF director general D.K. Pathak said in Jammu.