Saturday 22 October 2016

Pak Firing in the Last 45 Days Heaviest Since 1971: BSF

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The firing by Pakistani forces in the last 45 days was possibly the "heaviest" since the 1971 Indo-Pak war, the BSF said today.

"Yes it is (the heaviest firing) for last so many years--I think may be after the 1971 war. 45 days is a very long period for this kind of thing to happen", BSF Director General D K Pathak told reporters.

He was replying to a question from a journalist whether it is the heaviest firing one has seen along the border.

Giving details of the pattern of the firing, Pathak said "as you are aware the firing took place for the last 45 days, to be more precise since the first incident of sniper took place on July 17 when a jawan died in the incident. It lasted for about 10 days or so. Then, there was a brief lull. This month, there was firing through out the nights and some times during day time also".

The firing from across the border on all posts is going on, he said adding firing is also targeting civilian areas.

"Last year, such an incident had taken place in September and it lasted for 20 to 25 days but this time it was the heaviest", he added.

The BSF chief said "we have retaliated effectively to the firing from across the border".

About the border build-up across in Pakistan, Pathak quoted Pakistani media reports about movement of its army and tanks and said BSf has no means to verify the reports. He said the Pakistan army could be helping the Rangers in the firing.

About the terrorists launching pads, he said there are 25 to 30 such pads along the IB and the LoC across and militants are on look out for an opportunity to cross over to this side.

"We have intelligence inputs that militants are in various groups in launch pads and attempts to sneak in are on there", he added.

The infiltrating militants are located close to Pak rangers posts and villages, he said.

On return of peace on the border, he said "we want peace to prevail but they are resorting to firing on civilian areas and we cannot sit silent".

To a question whether Pakistani troops are resorting to firing to divert attention of the people from their internal turmoil, the BSF DG linked it to infiltration attempts being made ahead of winter and this pattern has been their for years.

"The pattern of the target of areas of border is not the same. Last year, they had targeted Samba. This year, they have not touched it. It could be their strategy", he said.

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