India vows to respond effectively to Pakistani firing
VISHAKHAPATNAM: Noting that ceasefire violations by
Pakistan have increased, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said Indian
security forces are responding effectively to protect the country’s interests.
“This is a fact that of late, these ceasefire
violations by Pakistan have increased. But let everybody be assured that both
our Army and BSF, who are respectively guarding the Line of Control (LoC) and
the International Border, are fully vigilant.
“They effectively respond to each violation and I have
full faith and the country must have full faith that they are effectively
protecting both our territory and national interest,” the Defence Minister told
His comments come on a day when Pakistani troops
indulged in heavy “unprovoked” shelling and firing on 22 border outposts and 13
villages, killing two civilians and injuring six others including a BSF jawan
along the International Border in Jammu sector.
The Minister was replying to queries about repeated
ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC and the International Border on
the sidelines of a function to commission the ant-submarine warfare corvette
INS Kamorta into the Navy.
The heavy firing and shelling by Pakistan today comes
a day after the discovery of a possible cross-border tunnel from PoK along LoC
in Chalka post in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district. There have been 16
ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in nearly a fortnight and 18 this
Earlier during his speech, Jaitely said the Indian
Navy is growing stronger by the day and playing an important role in
safeguarding the maritime interests of the country. “We have a vast coastline
and the Navy is doing a commendable job in maritime security,” he said.
Out of the 119 warships and submarines in the
pipeline, 42 are under the construction at various shipyards in the country,
the union minister added. Jaitley also urged all the public sector undertakings
(PSUs), including the defence PSUs, to gear up to work in a competitive
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral RK Dhowan said the
production of INS Kamorta commenced at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers
(GRSE) in Kolkata on March 1, 2006 and her maiden sea trials commenced in June
“She completed her sea trials in February 2014 and was
handed over to the Indian Navy by the shipbuilder on July 12 this year,” he
said. The commissioning of INS Kamorta has added a new dimension to the ASW
capability of the Indian Navy, particularly the Eastern Fleet, he added.