Pak betrayed; India maintains ceasefire sanctity: BSF ADG

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/14/2018 9:44:23 AM

JAMMU, Jun 13: Additional Director General Border Security Force (Western Command) K N Choubey Wednesday terming the killing of four BSF personnel in firing by Pakistan Rangers last night as “betrayal” and stated that Indian forces maintained the sanctity of the ceasefire along the frontier but the neighbouring nation unfortunately did not.
Additional Director General said, “What the neighbouring country does is its business and but how we respond to the attack is our job.” He also said the BSF would lodge a protest with the Pakistani side over the incident.
He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath-laying ceremony at BSF Headquarter Paloura. He stated that the troops were prepared and border dominance would be maintained. “We are always prepared. Ceasefire or no ceasefire, there is no let up in border domination and there is no letup in border surveillance,” Choubey said while replying to a question as whether the border guarding force was caught off guard.
Four BSF personnel, including an assistant commandant rank officer, were killed and three others injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district today.
“Every instrument required to protect the territorial integrity of the border is being maintained regardless of ceasefire or no ceasefire,” he said. Asked about the trust level with regard to Pakistan, which violated truce agreed at the DGMO level and sector commander level meetings, the BSF ADG said ceasefire was always a bilateral decision.
“There was a meeting between our sector DIG and the counterpart’s designated officer and it was decided that there will be ceasefire. We have maintained the sanctity of the ceasefire. Pakistan has not. It has violated it,” he said. He said it was very “unfortunate as the ceasefire announcements are to be honoured.”
To a question about Pakistan’s Border Action Team (BAT) carrying out the attack, he said, “It is too early to come to that conclusion. Right now we are only concerned about such a gross violation of ceasefire when the meeting took place on their request. For us the main concern is lack of credibility in the request for ceasefire.”



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