Will retaliate befittingly if the situation demands: BSF chief on Pak aggression

BSF chief D K Pathak says any aggression by Pakistan will be replied aptly; claims his men foiled three to four attempts by terrorists to sneak into India since Dec 31

Jammu: India will not do anything to disturb peace along the border in Jammu and Kashmir, but will retaliate to any aggression by Pakistan, BSF chief D K Pathak said yesterday. The BSF director general said his men had foiled three to four attempts by terrorists to sneak into India since December 31.

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Soldiers pay tribute to their colleague Devendra Singh, who was killed in Pak firing, at a wreath laying ceremony at BSF headquarters in Jammu yesterday. Pic/PTI

“India will not do anything to disturb peace along the border but will retaliate befittingly if the situation demands,” Pathak told the media. “Prevalence of peace (is the) best situation. But if Pakistan does not want peace, if firing comes from their side, we will definitely respond,” he said.

“We cannot go on taking bullets,” Pathak said, after paying tribute to BSF trooper Devendra Singh, who was killed in shelling by Pakistani Rangers in Samba district on Monday.

Pathak visited the international border in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts yesterday to take stock of the situation following indiscriminate shelling by Pakistani Rangers in the last three days.

He said there has been no firing at the border since Monday night. Pathak admitted Pakistan too suffered civilian deaths but said it was ‘collateral damage’. India has never targeted civilian areas, he said. “The BSF never targets civilian areas, there can be collateral damage... But they always fire first and target our civilian areas.”

When asked about the provocation for the Pakistani firing, Pathak said, “There can be more than one. Since December 31, we have foiled 3-4 attempts of infiltration. We have good proof of this. There can be multiple reasons for the escalation in firing. It is possible they are trying to divert attention from Peshawar.” He was referring to the massacre of over 140 school students and teachers by Talibani gunmen last month

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