K K Sharma, Director General, Border Security Force has said that Pakistan is still “smarting under” the defeat in 1971 war and this is the reason why it continues to stoke trouble in the Kashmir valley. Speaking to news agency PTI, Sharma said his force is prepared both “defensively and offensively” to deal with attempts of infiltration and unprovoked firing from across the border.
It may be noted that the BSF mans the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir while the Indian Army has been deployed at the Line of Control.The top BSF official further said that while his force has wreaked “more than double” the quantum of losses across the IB in Jammu sector, incidents of unprovoked firing have not abated and continue to claim the lives of civilians and soldiers while also destroying property.
“I cannot say how and when the activity of unprovoked firings and ceasefire violations (from across the border) will start but we are prepared to face any eventuality. If it is a major offensive, we are more than prepared and we are prepared defensively and we are prepared offensively,” the BSF chief said.Shahid Afridi insults India, describes terrorists being killed in Kashmir as ‘innocents’He denied that India has ever initiated firing on the border and said, “I would like to make one thing clear that we ‘never’ initiate such violations and it is the other side which starts, as a result of which we have to retaliate and react.”According to the BSF DG, Pakistan has been resorting to unprovoked firing with the sole aim of “pushing” terrorists into India.
The 1982-batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre said it is Pakistan’s state policy to attempt to “destabilise” India. “They (Pakistan) are still smarting under the defeat of 1971 which led to the creation of Bangladesh and the ISI (Pakistan intelligence agency) was created with the sole objective of dividing India. Their first attempt was in Khalistan and they failed. Now, they are trying it in Kashmir and they will fail again,” he said.