In DGMOs discussion, Pakistan accuses India of targeting its troops
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On the request of the Pakistan Director General of Military Operations (DGMO), the India and Pakistan counterparts held a telephonic conversation over the established hotline on Monday in which Pakistan accused India of targeting its troops which was rejected by India and pointed that Indian Army only responded “appropriately” to Cease-Fire Violations (CFV) “initiated by Pakistan Army.”
During the conversation, Pakistan DGMO Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza raised the alleged “targeting of Pak Army troops” which, according to them, resulted in the death of four Pakistani soldiers and a civilian in Athmuqam Sector of Pakistan occupied Kashmir opposite Indian Keren Sector, Kupwara district.
“Indian DGMO Lt Gen AK Bhatt in response highlighted that all CFVs were initiated by Pakistan Army and the Indian Army only responded appropriately to them. Apart from these, firing by Indian troops was initiated against armed intruders when attempting to infiltrate from close proximity of Pak posts along the Line of Control (LoC),” the Army said in a statement.
Lt Gen Bhatt also put across that the trend of infiltration along the LoC continued with active support of Pakistan forward posts impacting peace and tranquillity along the LoC and also the internal security situation.
“This was evident from continued attempts of sniping and targeting of our troops undertaken through cross border actions duly supported by Pakistani Army troops,” it was conveyed.
There is a weekly discussion by officials from the Military Operations directorate every Tuesday but the DGMOs speak when one side requests a conversation.
“DGMO made it implicit that Indian Army reserved the right to retaliate appropriately to any incident of violation of ceasefire but is sincere in its effort of maintaining peace and tranquillity along the LoC provided there was reciprocity,” the statement added.
The last conversation between the DGMOs was on June 5 on the request of the Pakistani side during which both sides discussed the current situation along the LoC. Prior to that, the two DGMO’s spoke on May 2 in the aftermath of the beheading of two Indian soldiers in the Krishna Ghati sector by Pak Army Border Action Team (BAT).