NEW DELHI — The Pakistan Army's support to terrorism is unacceptable and India will continue to take all retaliatory measures to respond to such acts, the Indian Army's director-general of military operations told his Pakistani counterpart Oct. 30.
In an unscheduled conversation with Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt over the hotline, Pakistani DGMO Maj. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza accused the Indian security forces of resorting to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, Bhatt said Indian troops have only conducted retaliatory firing in response to "unabated support" provided by the Pakistan Army to armed terrorists, who infiltrate across the border and target Indian Army posts with heavy caliber weapons, the Army said in a statement here.
The telephone conversation was requested by the Pakistani side.
The Indian DGMO told his Pakistani counterpart that while the Indian Army will continue its efforts to ensure peace and tranquility on the borders, the support provided to the terrorists by the Pakistan Army was the prime cause of "collateral damage."
"He reiterated that this support to terrorism by the Pakistan Army is unacceptable and the Indian Army will continue to take all retaliatory measures as well as retain the right to punitively respond to such provocative acts of aggression from the Pakistani side," the Army said.
The Army further said Bhatt also clarified that the Indian Army always maintains impeccable standards of professionalism and does not target civilians.
"On the contrary, Pakistan Army has employed civilians at the forward posts and accorded permission for permanent locations of civilians in the vicinity of Pakistan Army posts," the Army said.
It said these civilians have been repeatedly used to provide information on the location of Indian troops and as guides to terrorists to cross the LoC.
The LoC in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a spurt in ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops and the Indian Army has been retaliating effectively to Pakistani actions.