Khurshid says truce violations serious matter

Border menace: Shinde to visit forward areas along LoC to assess ground situation

Khurshid says truce violations serious matter

With about 10 unabated ceasefire violations reported in the last three days at the Line of Control (LoC), Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit the forward areas to assess the ground situation.

With Pakistani troops opening fire and pounding mortar bombs on 14 forward posts and civilian areas in RS Pura sector of Jammu injuring two BSF personnel, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid  described the ceasefire violation as “serious” which the government is trying to address.

"I think this is a serious matter- a matter of great concern to India. We will handle it with the greatest sagacity and firmness to protect the safety and sovereignty of the citizens," Khurshid said.

Shinde’s visit comes amidst difficulties in the UPA to continue senior level diplomatic engagements with Pakistan despite strong opposition.

There are questions as to why border skirmishes did not end despite the Prime Ministerial level meeting between Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif in the United States last month. 

The Army establishment believes that the unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops is more a challenge to its own elected government as it is bent on spoiling the peace which Sharif wants to prevail between the neighbours.

The external affairs minister felt that the director general of military operations (DGMOs) of both the countries should meet to fix the issue, but conceded that a breakthrough is unlikely unless rogue state actors operating from across the border are tamed.

When asked about the LoC firing, Pakistan High commissioner to India came with the oft repeated statement that both the countries should take steps to stabilise the situation.
“I think this is the understanding, this is the decision of the two Prime Ministers. Pakistan is prepared to do whatever it can to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility. I hope this happens sooner than later,” he said.Though a UPA partner, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah is now pushing the centre to bring an end to ceasefire violation for it hurting people residing on the bordering villages.

"It is not clear who is behind this and with what motive this is being done. Some days back our Prime Minister met the Pakistani PM in New York. They talked about ceasefire violations and it was decided that the army DGMOs of both countries should talk and find a way out," Abdullah said.

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