LAHORE - Despite strong protests by Pakistan, the nonstop violations of ceasefire by the Indian army on the Working Boundary, after the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, has now escalated further as BSF troops fired at Pakistan Rangers’ check posts on the international border in Wagha sector.
Security sources said that Indian border security force (BSF) resorted to heavy firing and shelling at the Punjab Rangers’ Ali Shaheed check post in Thatti Kodi village near the Wagha border at about 2:00am on Saturday. Pakistani forces retaliated and gave befitting response to the unprovoked firing by the Indians.
Indian military also resorted to unprovoked firing in hot spring sector at the LoC on Saturday morning. The unprovoked gunfire left a civilian, identified as Kalay Khan, seriously wounded near Kundi village.
Recently, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said that Pakistan was concerned over the repeated ceasefire violations at the LoC. He also termed the statements by the Indian military leadership about Pakistan Army and ISI’s support to terrorism, as unfortunate, unfounded, and provocative.
ISPR director general said Indian troops have committed more than 345 ceasefire violations since January this year. So far, the government and Pakistan Army have reacted to Indian Army’s inciting military actions on the LoC in a mature manner. However, Pakistan and its armed forces’ desire for peace between the two countries must not be taken for granted as their weaknesses as both have the capability to respond to all kinds of threats at national and international levels. Security experts say the continued violations of ceasefire on LoC and offensive overtures made by Indian military and government officials are deplorable and are an effort to provoke Pakistan to take steps that could lead to a full-fledged war between the nuclear-armed countries. They also said that the continuation of hostility along LoC seems intriguing and mischievous at a time when the new civilian government in Pakistan is in a transitional stage amid internal disorder, recessive economy, and terrorism.
Indian BSF claimed on Saturday that those killed in firing late Friday night were Pakistani smugglers but badly failed to provide evidence that intruders were targeted during the firing on Wagha, the only road border crossing between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
On early Saturday, the officials of Pakistan Rangers and BSF briefly discussed the firing incident during their flag meeting. Rangers lodged strong protest over the firing incident.
During the meeting, the Indian BSF commanders told their Pakistani counterparts that a BSF sentry opened fire on five suspected persons as he noticed the movement of some suspects in the border area. As a result, three unidentified smugglers were killed on the spot while two others managed to escape towards Pakistani side of the border.
The BSF men also claimed that they recovered 30 packets of heroin, one pistol, and one rifle from their possession. “When the Punjab Rangers commanders asked their Indian counterparts to show the footprints, dead bodies, and the recovered items, the BSF commanders failed to establish their point,” an official said, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. This might be an incidental firing or fake encounter staged by the Indian Army near the Wagha border,” he added.
BSF officials insisted that they had targeted intruders, not the Rangers’ check post. This was the latest in the ongoing border violations by the Indian troops.
Many experts say they believe the process of talks or the backdoor diplomacy is not being given a chance by the overzealous Indian army generals negating all reconciliation and resurrection of good friendly relationship as desired by the government of Pakistan. “PM Nawaz Sharif desires to be friendly with India aside, real threat by Indian Army must be realized to maintain our operational preparedness,” a former commander of the Pakistan Rangers said on the condition of anonymity.
As per Indian media reports, BSF troops in retaliation fired 19 rounds and the intruders were killed on the spot. “Last night, three Pakistani intruders crossed over to the Indian Territory and were challenged by the BSF night patrol, but the intruders declined to surrender and fired gun shots at the BSF,” Indian media quoted Ajay Tomar, Punjab BSF Inspector General, as telling reporters.
As Kashmiris living around the world including would observe October 27 as black day on Sunday (today) to protest against Indian occupation, the ceasefire violation by Indian army on the LoC, Working Boundary, and the international border are on the rise.
With the weak Indian government gearing up for an election win, its control on an over ambitious coterie of war mongering army generals and hawkish political leaders is eroding fast. “Pinpointing fingers towards Pakistan army is an attempt to afford Hindu extremists a chance to return to power,” a Lahore-based political analyst said.