Indian Army on Monday said that Pakistan army is hiring civilians to snoop on Indian posts after the latter alleged that India carried out unprovoked firing and targeted civilians along the border. “These civilians have repeatedly been used to gain information on our locations and providing guides to terrorists while crossing the LoC,” Lt-General AK Bhatt told his Pakistani counterpart.
India on Monday lashed out at Pakistani Army for supporting infiltrators saying that it was “unacceptable” and the Indian side will continue it’s “retaliatory measures” along the Line of Control (LoC) against “unabated support” given to terrorists seeking to enter Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hindustan Times reported that the Pakistani director general of military operations (DGMO) Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza on Monday dialled his Indian counterpart Lieutenant AK Bhatt, alleging that the Indian Army had carried out unprovoked firing and targeted civilians along the de facto border between the two nations.
Lieutenant General Bhatt also told Mirza that the Pakistani army had hired civilians to snoop on India’s forward post and it also “provided guided” to terrorists to help them across the LoC.
He also said that the Pakistani army has granted permission to civilians to settle in the vicinity of the neighbouring countries posts.
“These civilians have been repeatedly used to gain information on our locations and providing guides to terrorists while crossing the Line of Control,” Bhatt told Mirza.
The two DGMOs spoke on Monday afternoon over the hotline to discuss LoC issues.
Ahead of the winter season, terrorists usually make desperate attempts to sneak into the border state as the routes shut down during this season.
“The DGO further clarified that the Indian Army maintains standards of professionalism and does not target civilians,” a press release said.
The DGMO further said that the India Army was committed to maintaining peace and tranquillity along the country’s borders, but the “prime reason for any collateral damage” was the assistance provided to terrorists by the Pakistani army.
He also warned the Pakistani DGMO that the support provided to terrorists was “unacceptable” and the army retained the right to “punitively respond to such provocative acts of aggression” by Pak army.