Jammu: The unprovoked firing by Pakistan on the international border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) claiming precious lives and property is unfortunate. It needs to be condemned by all Indians in unequivocal terms, sinking their political differences, and sending a unanimous message of solidarity with the victims, BJP state spokesperson Arun Kumar Gupta has said.
It is silly that even at this hour of crisis, some political parties are trying to score browny points by blaming the Central government. These politicians should desist from indulging in this pettiness right away. Instead, they should extend all support to the Centre. This becomes imperative because the Central government has given a free hand to the security forces to respond to Pakistan’s provocations, Gupta added.
It is after a very long time that the security forces on ground are responding more than adequately given this free hand. They are inflicting a very heavy cost on the adversary and it is not as used to happen in the past. Due to weak response from our security forces, under orders to do so by the government of the day earlier, Pakistan had felt emboldened, he explained.
It is about time Pakistan realised that things have changed in its relations vis a vis India with the installation of the Narendra Modi government. The response to any Pakistani adventurism will be countered effectively, and inflict a heavy cost on it. Actually, the cost will be so high as to make this adventurism unaffordable, he said.
The Indian security forces have been defending their territories and the people by responding to Pakistani firing. Pakistan has often resorted to deliberate, unprovoked firing on Indian positions but this will not be condoned. It will in fact be punished heavily as guarding the Indian citizens is the paramount responsibility of our forces, Mr Gupta said.
As a peace-loving state, India has always advocated for good neighbourly relations. It is even now committed to friendly relations with Pakistan provided it stops firing immediately. Otherwise, India has no option but to retaliate in an overwhelming manner, the BJP state spokesperson said.
The Pakistani side has been deliberately targeting civilians and civilian areas which is against all civilised norms. This is also against rules of engagement between security forces respected worldwide. This heinous action of Pakistani forces is highly condemnable and it should desist from doing so, Mr Gupta said.
BJP is committed to the welfare of the border people braving the Pakistani guns. Effective steps are being taken to provide enhanced relief aid to the victims and for rehabilitation. The Central leadership is reviewing the developing border situation all the time and evolving an effective counter-strategy to deal with Pakistan, he said.