The BSF now has complete freedom to respond to Pakistani ceasefire violations not in equal but in greater measure. Retaliation by the BSF over the past few days has been so severe that Pakistani Rangers had to leave their posts and run. These deserted posts in the sectors of Chappar, Harpal and Charwa, have now been taken over by the Pakistani Army.
“There have been confirmed inputs with the Intelligence agencies that after Pakistan suffered heavy losses, both in terms of casualties and infrastructure on the International Border at the hands of BSF, Pakistan Government seems to have directed their army to take control of some of the forward posts, which had been deserted by the Rangers in view of intense retaliatory shelling and firing by India,” sources said.
The firing and shelling was so fierce that 7 Pakistani Rangers were killed other than some civilian casualties as well. Nearly, 50,000 villagers in forward areas of Pakistan have deserted their houses on the International Border and taken shelter in safer areas. Even Pakistani posts and bunkers have been destroyed. Shocked beyond sense by this aggression by the Indian forces, Pakistan has now requested the BSF for flag meeting.
On one occasion, Pakistani troops fired mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district. One of the mortar shells exploded close to a forward post of the Army, causing injuries to two soldiers. The troops were evacuated and shifted to a government hospital in Rajouri.The Indian side responded aptly to silence the Pakistanis. Just a few minutes into the retaliation from India, the Pakistanis went quiet.
Many Indian military officers are of the view that the BSF and the Indian Army are now dominating the LoC. This is also due to the freedom given by the Modi government to the soldiers to not wait for permission to retaliate in case Pakistan violates ceasefire. Before 2014, soldiers had to wait to shoot back. They even couldn’t take down intruders as they didn’t have permission from the UPA government. This resulted in more of our men getting killed as they became sitting ducks. But now each and every intruder is either shot down or is hunted down in the Valley in case he escapes.