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What Has Been Happening In Last Few Months Is Totally Unacceptable: IAF Chief
New Delhi, Jan 12: Asserting that “ceasefire violations” by Pakistan are “unacceptable”, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne on Saturday warned that India may have to look at “some other options” if such incidents continue.
“We have a Line of Control (LoC), we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain structures and mechanisms which are sacrosanct and any violation of these with impunity especially what has been happening in the last few months is totally unacceptable. We are monitoring the situation carefully because if these things continue to be the way they are and these violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance,” he told reporters here on the sidelines of an NCC function.
The IAF Chief, who is the senior most armed forces officer in the country, was asked about the suggestions he has given to the political leadership on the alleged brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistan Army.
Refusing to divulge the options being looked at by the Government, he said, “Options are options. We do not discuss these options openly. If the violations continue, we may have to look at the whole issue all over again.”
Asked how would the military leadership uphold the honor of soldiers such as the two troopers allegedly killed by Pakistan Army, he said, “When you join the armed forces, you hold certain ethos, values and certain traditions of the country which you have to uphold.” Earlier on Friday, defence minister AK Antony had assured that enough troops have been deployed at LoC and the government is taking all steps to protect the nation's interests and prestige of the armed forces.
Both India and Pakistan have accused the other of violating ceasefire at the LoC.
Two Indian soldiers and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed since last Sunday across the LoC in sporadic clashes between the troops of the two countries, escalating tension at the border areas.
On January 8, Pakistan Army regulars allegedly crossed into Indian territory in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir and killed Lance Naiks Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj there.
However, according to political observers, notwithstanding pressure being exerted by rightwing BJP and its supporting outfits to act tough against Pakistan and severe diplomatic ties with the neighboring country the Government of India seems to have chosen to tread cautiously in dealing with the situation.
An indication to this affect was given by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. He has clearly stated that the Government will not buckle under “wild calls” for revenge. On the contrary, the BJP has demanded snapping of diplomatic ties with Islamabad.
On their part the BJP leaders have continued their tirade against the Government with a strong demand for a tough action against Pakistan particularly on the diplomatic front. Senior party leader Rajnath Singh has asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to stop all dialogue with Pakistan and recall the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad in wake of entire nation being angry over the ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC.
With inputs from PTI
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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