Wednesday, 8 October 2014

India rules out talks with Pakistan until firing at border stops: Reports

NEW DELHI: India has ruled out any flag meeting with Pakistan until firing at the border stops, according to Times Now.

Indian forces have also been asked to retaliate strongly to every Pak provocation at the border, Times Now has reported quoting sources.

This even as a 70-year-old woman has been killed in fresh firing by Pak forces in Samba sector on Wednesday morning, according to reports.

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Six people have also been injured in fresh offensive by Pak troops in Jammu, Samba and Kutwa districts along the international border.

Meanwhile, India has turned the heat on Pakistan with massive retaliatory fire in response to ceasefire violations along the line of control (LoC) as well as the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to civilian casualties on both sides.

Intelligence agencies tracking reports in Pakistani media on Tuesday estimated that more than 15 Pakistani civilians had died in the firing by BSF soldiers, mainly in the Sialkot sector.

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The offensive intent of the Indian security establishment was also evident during the weekly DGMO hotline talks on Tuesday, with the Indian Army warning its Pakistani counterpart that the response to any provocation would be "intense, immediate and more than adequate" in keeping with the directions issued by Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

"We conveyed our concerns about ceasefire violations and civilians being targeted by Pakistani forces over the DGMO hotline. We asked them to exercise restraint and not escalate the situation. They, in turn, accused us of the same," said a source.

(With inputs from agencies)

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