Soldiers reacted well to ceasefire violations, says General Bikram Singh

New Delhi, Jan.13,: Army Chief General Bikram Singh on Monday the forces have given befitting reply whenever there is a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) and added that the forces endeavors not to escalate the situation.

“We reserve the right to retaliate. It means giving freedom of action to subordinate commanders along the Line of Control (LoC), to go ahead and deal with the situation, as they deem appropriate. The forces have done their bit,” said General Singh, who was addressing his annual press conference.

He said proper action has been taken whenever there have been ceasefire violation.

“The soldiers have reacted well and with proper offensive spirit whenever required,”

“It depends on the situation along the LoC. It is a situation at the tactical level. The endeavor is not to escalate the situation into operational or strategic arena. It is to deal with the same measure if not more, and give a befitting response in the professional manner at the place where we are fired upon,” he said.

“If rules are followed by our neighbours, then we follow rules. If rules are broken, then we can’t stick to the rules. We also got to break the rules,” he added.

Both countries were involved in an exchange of firings in August. On 6 August 2013, five Indian army soldiers were killed in firing by Pakistani Special Forces at the LoC. The incident followed with a number of exchanges between the two forces for next couple days.

In January last year, three Pakistani and two Indian soldiers were killed in one of the worst outbreaks of tit-for-tat violence in Kashmir, ever since India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along a de facto border nearly a decade ago. By Praful Kumar Singh (ANI)