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Repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan: How should India respond?

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platform st iconEnding an uneasy calm, Pakistan on Saturday again violated ceasefire along the border in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani troops opened heavy fire on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch District of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from the Indian Army. A senior police officer told a news agency here: “The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur Kerni sector of the LoC in Poonch District on Saturday afternoon. The Pakistani Army is using automatic weapons to target Indian positions. Eight civilians were killed in unprecedented peace time mortar shelling by Pakistan on the international border and the LoC in the Jammu region since 6th October, while over 60 were injured. The last ceasefire violation took place on Thursday night when there was brief firing by Pakistan on four border outposts in Hiranagar sector of Kathua District. Over 7,000 families in Jammu District have been forced to leave their hearths in the face of unprovoked firing by Pakistan all along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu Division. Here are some views related to the issue:-
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Vinod sharmaffVinod Sharma a Retd. bank employee said, ” I believe our neighbouring countries are taking undue advantage of India’s efforts to maintain good relations. For the last few days Pakistan Rangers shelled almost the entire 192-Km border overnight. Nearly 30,000 people have been displaced following one of the worst violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan which has left eight people dead and 80 others, including nine security men, injured since 1st October. I believe it is high time we should retaliate in the same manner and teach Pakistan a lesson.”
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suchitraffSuchitra Bhan, a working woman opined, “I think it has become a habit with Pakistan soldiers to indulge in ceasefire violations. In one of the worst ceasefire violations, five villagers were killed in Arnia sector last week. This new escalated tension which led to cancellation of ritual of exchange of sweets on Eid at Wagah border. The ceasefire had come into force in November 2003 as a major CBM between the two countries but for the last few months more than 100 such violations have taken place.”
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nitin bhanNitin Bhan, a businessman shared, “From the recent ceasefire violations, it is clear that ceasefire agreements hold no value. A pre-emptive attack or war is never going to solve the border problem; it will cause only bloodshed, leading to tears, pain and vengeance. I strongly believe that this problem can only be solved through talks and understanding the whole situation. I think India and Pakistan need to talk seriously on this issue and should stop ceasefire violations as it results in nothing.”[/box]
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ashish kohliffAshish Kohli, a video journalist said, “I believe the decision taken by army to “retaliate effectively” and stop talks and flag meeting to lower tensions is the need of the hour. Moreover, I believe Pakistan is feeling insecure because our PM Narendra Modi was received with open arms in the US after he hit it off with the Japanese and Chinese leaders. Also, I appreciate the way our PM handled the whole situation at LoC. Modi has proved that he can do what he had said.”[/box]
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radhika sharmaffRadhika Sharma, a working lady said, “It is really sad that our neighbouring countries are taking undue advantage of our friendly approach but now it is too much and we should act strictly against and teach Pakistan a lesson so that such things are not repeated in future. The dialogue process must depend on what Pakistan’s attitude is. Therefore, we need to modulate our foreign policy to give a clear message to Pakistan that these kinds of attacks will not be tolerated anymore and would be retaliated effectively.”[/box]
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nitin sharmaffNitin Sharma, an MBA opined, “It is very unfortunate that in the last two-three months there are repeated firing incidents across LoC. I think what army has adapted now is the right way to deal with such situations. An aggressive approach is needed so that the culprits should be taught a lesson. No doubt India is a peace love country but we should not forget that it is time that our forces act aggressively and let Pakistan realise that India can be tough too.”[/box]

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