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Indian, Pak troops trade gunfire afresh
Publication Date : 13-01-2013
Indian Air Force chief says India may have to look at "some other options for compliance" if the ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue
Indian and Pakistan troops yesterday night traded gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector after the movement of suspected infiltrators was detected, in a fresh escalation of tension after a lull of 48 hours.
Indian defence spokesman said in Jammu that Indian troops opened fire after movement of some six or seven persons was detected close to the LoC opposite Krishagati sub-sector in Poonch sector at around 9:45pm. Thereafter, a heavy exchange of fire took place.
Earlier yesterday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne, said India may have to look at "some other options for compliance" if the ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue.
"We have a Line Of Control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain mechanisms, we have certain structures, and that is sacrosanct and any violation of these... with impunity, especially what's been happening in the last few months, is totally unacceptable... if these things continue the way they are and the violations continue to take place then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance," the IAF chief told reporters.
External affairs minister Salman Khurshid said the government will not buckle to "wild calls for revenge" over the killing and beheading of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops while Minister of State for information and broadcasting Manish Tewari said the Centre is doing everything at the strategic level to express its anger over the incident.