Thursday, 9 October 2014

Ceasefire violation: Pakistan firing does not stop despite Modi's strong stand

The strong stand India has taken against the repeated ceasefire violations has not deterred Pakistan as fresh firing was reported in Akhnoor late on Wednesday evening.
Times Now reported that firing was on in three sectors even at around 9.00 pm on Wednesday.
Representational image. AFP
Representational image. AFP
The number of people killed in Pakistan shelling in civilian areas in the Jammu region has now gone up to seven, while the number of injured has shot up to 55.
Panic gripped the border villages here as shells landed with fierce intensity on homes, shattering windows and leaving the walls with gaping holes and pockmarked. The bloodied and wounded were carried to hospital, while the locals scurried to safety and spent a sleepless night.
Pakistani troopers fired through the night and did not stop as the day broke on Wednesday.
A senior police officer said: "Two people have died and five are injured in Pakistan mortar shelling in Chilyari village in Samba district on Wednesday. The injured have been shifted to the government medical college (GMC) hospital in Jammu city for treatment."
"BSF is also retaliating effectively to silence Pakistan guns in the area," the officer added.
As many as 20 people, including 15 civilians, were injured in overnight Pakistani firing at the border.
"Four army soldiers were injured in Pakistan firing on the LoC in Poonch district, one BSF trooper and 15 civilians were injured in firing by Pakistan Rangers on the international border in Jammu district during the night.
Talking stalk of the situation, which India has taken very seriously, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allegedly given a free hand to the BSF to retaliate.
PM Modi reportedly told the National Security Advisor that there's no question of succumbing to Pakistan's tactics, and the armed forces and border security forces will continue to have a free hand in dealing with it.
CNN-IBN quoted sources as saying that the PM has said there is no question of engaging in talks with Pakistan while the firing is on. However later, when the Prime Minister was asked about the situation, Modi said "Everything will be fine soon."
Pakistan's hate for India resonated even with its people and leaders. Days after he vowed that Pakistan will take back entire Kashmir, the country's 'Gen Next' politician Bilawal Bhutto Zardari attacked PM Modi, saying Pakistan can retaliate "unlike his victims from Gujarat".
Accusing India of adopting "Israel model" against Pakistan, the 26-year-old scion of the Bhutto family said on Twitter, "Another attack on LoC. Seems India adopting Israel model vs Pakistan. Modi must realize we can retaliate unlike his victims from Gujarat."
He said this amid escalating tension between the two countries after ceasefire violations and heavy mortar shelling along the Line of Control that has claimed at least 12 lives on both sides.
Soon after, Modi was also targeted by the netizens in Pakistan who dubbed him a coward, and accused Indian troops of killing innocent civilians on the occasion of Eid. The hashtag #CowardModi started trending on Twitter. Barrage of tweets also showed comic strips or morphed images of Modi and Nawaz Sharif, as people vented their anger at the recent violence along the LoC.
This points exactly to what R Jagannathan had said in an article earlier in the day that it was the rise of Narendra Modi that has provoked Pakistan to resort to such measures.
"The fact is the rise of Narendra Modi and India's growing prestige in global affairs is actually going to make Pakistan's behaviour worse than ever. Pakistan is not a rational state. Its purpose is not its own growth and rise, but the prevention of India's rise. Pakistan defines itself as "anti-India", an Islamic state fighting a "Hindu India" to the finish, by fair means or foul," the article said.
Back home there was no respite for Modi. Several parties continued to attack the government saying it had failed to take any concrete action against the ceasefire violations. BJP's former ally Shiv Sena took a jibe at Modi, noting that one does not need a "56-inch chest" to protect the country's interests but a strong will power even as the Opposition parties including the Congress said government's response was "found wanting".
In its editorial mouthpiece 'Saamna', the Sena claimed that Pakistan has been emboldened by government's failure to take "firm" steps against the cross-border firing and shelling. Keeping Modi busy in election rallies across the state while he is most needed at the Centre is like undermining the national security of the country, it said.
Rahul Gandhi led the Congress in taking on Modi, saying he has done nothing to stop the continued shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir despite "many provocations".
"Before the Lok Sabha polls, Modi used to speak of adopting an aggressive approach towards China and Pakistan. Now, despite so many provocations, the PM is not doing anything for the last three months," Rahul said, addressing his first campaign rally for the 15 October Maharashtra Assembly elections at Mahad in Raigad district.