We Need Major Fire Assaults with Medium Guns and Rocket Launchers to Deal with Pak Violating Ceasefire: GD Bakshi
On the 4th of June, a flag meeting was held between sector commanders of BSF and Pakistan Rangers for two hours in Suchetgarh. What was the reason of the meet? To talk about maintaining ceasefire on the international border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir. What was the result? Within hours of this flag meeting, Pakistan Rangers fired mortars at Indian positions in the Akhnoor sector at around 1 a.m.
Eight days after agreeing to maintain ceasefire, i.e on the 12th of June Tuesday, Pakistani Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing in Chamliyal area. The firing started at 10.30 pm and continued till 2 am. Chamliyal is located in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir. The result? Four of our jawans are martyred. Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an assistant commandant sacrificed their lives to the ceasefire violation. Among the martyrs were Assistant Commandant Jitender Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ramniwas, Constable Hansraj Gurjar, and Sub-Inspector Rajneesh Kumar. Besides, three jawans were injured in the firing.
Pakistani army were all in smiles at the loss of our jawans at the border. In this regard, Maj Gen Gagandeep Bakshi wrote on his Facebook timeline, “Today the Paki army officers were all smiles on Republic TV. They were gloating over the death of 4 of our BSF Bravehearts. It boiled my blood. This shameless ceasefire is now becoming a monumental mistake. Pak has just killed 4 BSF bravehearts. Yet because of sheer Pig headedness and the attitude That Indian people are fools- we know best and will become very popular by Kowtowing first to China and Now Pak- we are persisting with this ridiculous cease fire. Why are we going for a stove piped and compartmentalised response? Why should the BSF alone respond to The Rangers and only with small arms and mortars? These do very little to soldiers in bunkers. They usually kill civilians. Why for Gods sake are we NOT using our artillery.? We had used it to good effect in 2003 and forced Pak to cry uncle. Like Nehru does this govt want to reduce our entire response to the police level of small arms alone?Nehru did not want an army. He said the police alone will do. why are we falling back to the Nehruvian era of Pacifism.? the time has come to hit back and Hit Back Hard. and if This govt thinks this Gandhianism is making them popular with the people- then they are living in La La land. Please , for the sake of national self respect lets now at least hit back HARD. pl stop this RIDICULOUS cease fire and Chonchle bazi. The Paki Officers were all smiles today on TV . lets wipe those bloody smiles off.The Big guns are meant to be USED not just showed on Republic day parades.USE them Damn it. Dont let the Country down”
Are discussions for maintaining ceasefire at the border going to work? No, never! No discussions ever succeeded. Ceasefire violations at the border are a humdrum affair with casualties of jawans reported every other day!
News hit the headlines in January 2013 when two Indian jawans killed during an attack by Pakistani troops across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir were brutally decapitated. They were Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh and Lance Naik Hemraj. One head was severed and another body was beheaded and the severed head of Sudhakar Singh was not recovered then.
And then the surgical strike on militants happened in late September in 2016 after they attacked an army base in Uri killing 18 jawans. Indian security forces went across the de-facto border in disputed Kashmir and killed 38 terrorists and 2 Pakistani soldiers. Lieutenant General (retired) DS Hooda was the architect of this strike. This was done in the wake of increase in infiltration bids along the LoC.
Since then there has been silence. Cross border confrontation has been a long standing issue at the border area in Jammu and Kashmir. No peace talks have ever solved the issue. Civilians residing in the border areas are worst hit so are the jawans whose lives have been at stake. Every other day our jawans are martyred. Aren’t the lives of our jawans precious?
The military control line between the Indian and Pakistani controlled parts of Jammu and Kashmir which was called Ceasefire Line was redesignated as Line of Control following the Simla Agreement of 1972 signed between Indira Gandhi, then PM of India and President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan. Though India won the 1971 war against Pakistan with 93,000 Pakitani soldiers taken as prisoners of war, these soldiers were released following the Simla Agreement. Such an easy release against the sacrifice and victory by our soldiers! Mrs. Gandhi didn’t ask for Pakistan occupied Kashmir to be returned against their release!
Since 2003, the worst year documented for ceasefire violations was 2017. According to a News 18 report, in 2017 alone, Pakistan had violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) a total of 771 times – 230% rise from 2016. Together with ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir, the number stood at 881. Indian took “retaliatory action” every time. And India’s ceasefire violations have been only in count-terror operations. 2018 is no different. According to a Times of India report, there have been 400 ceasefire violations in the first two months. The momentum of ceasefire violation by Pakistan is on. If this trend continues, 2018 will witness the highest number of ceasefire violations since 15 years!
And then there was ceasefire in the valley. “The Centre asks Security Forces not to launch operations in Jammu & Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan. Decision taken to help the peace loving Muslims observe Ramzan in a peaceful environment” tweeted the Home Ministry of India at the start of Ramadan. The ‘peaceful’ terrorists will effortlessly plan, strategize, and attack our soldiers. Almost every day our soldiers are martyred during counter-terrorist operations and terrorist attacks. Stone pelting has injured hundreds and thousands of our soldiers. In 2017 alone, 200 terrorists have been killed by the security forces during counter-terrorist operations, which was the highest in 7 years. In 2016, security forces killed 165 terrorists along the LoC. According to a New Indian Express report, there were as many as 60 incidents of terrorist violence in the few months of 2018. Security forces killed 13 terrorists on a single day on the 1st of April. A ceasefire will help the terrorists recuperate and strengthen in the valley to lay attacks afresh.
In 2003, a ceasefire agreement was agreed upon between General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But this agreement seems dead for a long time, as ceasefire violations along the heavily militarised LoC has become a norm today.
Should India go for more surgical strikes? How do we stop ceasefire violations from Pakistan? Pakistan regularly violates the ceasefire agreement and our jawans get killed. Life of even one jawan is precious for us.
In this context, Maj Gen GD Bakshi says, “India now needs to raise costs and consequences for Pak. Surgical strike is one option but it is certainly not lethal enough in terms of massing of effects. We need major fire assaults with medium guns and multi barrel rocket launchers.”
It is time India takes action! Jai Hind!
Featured image courtesy: m.dailyhunt.in
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely of the author. My India My Glory does not assume any responsibility for the validity or information shared in this article by the author.