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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Five Indian soldiers killed by Pak in poonch sector.... !! Nation mourns

Nation should mourn and should be debating with concern this news ~ Five Indian soldiers have been killed along the Line of Control in Kashmir, in another violation of the ceasefire by Pakistan troops.  In a deadly instance of firing on Indian Army troops on the Line of Control from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, five Indian soldiers died in Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir.  Defence sources said that an unsuspecting Army patrol walked into an ambush by 15 to 20 men, wearing Pakistan Army uniform, close to Sarla and Chhaja posts, about one kilometre from the cross-LoC Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) of Chakan Da Bagh, in the early hours of Tuesday. Five soldiers were killed in the intense firing. Four of them were from the 21 Bihar Regiment and one from the Maratha Light Infantry.

The  killing of five troops from the 21 Bihar Regiment, marks the first significant crisis in India-Pakistan relations since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took power earlier this year. The ambush, highly-placed army sources have told Firstpost, was almost certainly carried out to retaliate against a series of successful Indian operations in the northern stretches of the Line of Control. It targeted a routine patrol in a relatively peaceful area, near the Chakan-da-Bagh cross-Line of Control trading post. The sources said a sixth soldier on the patrol, who escaped the firing, is being questioned to determine precisely what happened. Early accounts, though, all point to a disciplined, military-style operation.

Firstpost reports that there has been  uptick since the near-war of 2001-2002. In the last week of July alone, 12 jihadists were killed in northern Kashmir’s Kupwara district— levels of infiltration not seen in years. In the last major encounter, five terrorists were killed short of Hema post, on the Line of Control in Kupwara. The Line of Control (LoC)in the Jammu region has seen 42 exchanges of fire this year, the sources said, up from 28 in all of 2012.

But the blatant violation of ceasefire has been so poorly handled by Indian politicians is the sad tinge. The killings are real; Nation’s pride wounded; priceless lives of Army jawans lost inside our territory but those in power are not clear in foreign policy and make improper statements giving great leeway to the killers.  Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the attack and said such incidents would not help normalise ties between the two countries. BJP hit out at the government asking if they had any policy on dealing with Pakistan. “What is the govt’s policy on Pakistan? And what are they doing… both China and Pakistan have been violating the border…,” party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said. Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said the incident was very unfortunate and the government will act according to the provisions of law.

It was Defence Minister AK Antony’s statement on killing that seems regrettable.   He is quoted as describing the intruders as ”terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniform” while an Army spokesman said “soldiers from Pak Army” were involved.  Defence spokesman, Jammu, SN Acharya said the Indian Army patrol was ambushed by a Pakistan Border Action Team(BAT) ~ and  here’s what the Defence Minister read out in Parliament: “A patrol of Indian Army comprising of one Non Commissioned Officer and five Other Ranks was ambushed on our side of Line of Control in Punch Sector of J&K early morning on August 6, 2013. In the ensuing firefight, five Indian soldiers were martyred and one soldier was injured. The ambush was carried out by approximately 20 heavily armed terrorists along with persons dressed in Pakistan Army uniforms.

The numbers of infiltration attempts have doubled this year in comparison to the corresponding period; there have also been 57 Cease Fire.  The Defence Minister defended himself after being criticised by the BJP for giving Pakistan an escape route by calling the attackers ‘terrorists’ and hinting that they were not Pakistani army regulars. Antony said that he had made the statement on the basis of the limited information that he had.

The Army on Tuesday said terrorists in groups of ten are trying to sneak inside Indian territory and attack troops at border posts.

When the killings are real ~ it is the Nation which is the only important thing ~ everything else are no priority….. when the neighbor is so hostile, why have trade ~ and why play sports – ban – banish everything Pakistani… stop playing Cricket …. Salute those army men killed in action and those who are protecting us
Jai Jawan
With regards – S. Sampathkumar


PS: inputs taken largely from Firstpost.com

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