Sushilkumar Shinde warns Pakistan over ceasefire violations

A total of 136 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years.

Updated: Oct 22, 2013, 17:02 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Srinagar: In view of repeated ceasefire violations from across the border along the Line of Control (LoC), Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde visited Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday to assess the security situation along the International Border.

Shinde reviewed the security situation in Samba sector and met the BSF personnel posted at the International Border.

Addressing the BSF jawans later at a press conference the Home Minister said that he was here to promise that the government stands by the soldiers fighting the enemies and safeguarding the border. “The whole country stands by you,” Shinde said.

"Looking at last year`s record, we are not worried. This year, however, we are worried because of the increased infiltration. I have been discussing this with my officers about the reasons behind the infiltration," Shinde said while addressing the troops in Samba.

Shinde told reporters in Samba town on the sidelines of a Border Security Force (BSF) Sainik Sammelan: "It is true that information suggests Hafiz Saeed could be visiting areas of LoC to abet infiltration."

Shinde added, "We can`t say that we are always on the receiving side."

"We have to compromise sometimes, but if they (Pakistan) take an uncompromising position, we will deal with them accordingly."

He expressed government`s "full support" for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and said they have been granted the status of ex-servicemen like their counterparts in the defence services.

"The CAPF are not given the status of ex-servicemen like the defence forces. When I said this to the PM, he asked me to bring a note regarding this in the Cabinet. You all will be happy to know that CAPF have been granted the status of ex-servicemen," Shinde said.

He also said that the Ministry is considering extending few more benefits to CAPF personnel.

The Union Home Minister also said India has always maintained that Kashmir is an integral part of the country.

"No third party thing can work. Anything that has to happen has to happen bilaterally," he said.

The Home Minister said that the matter has been taken up in flag meetings. "I have surveyed areas along the border today, even those from where infiltration took place recently."

"Yes, there is more infiltration as compared to past times. But, the forces are ready to face any situation," he asserted.

Shinde added: "We can`t be tougher by only saying so. We are taking action to that effect."

Earlier, Shinde made an aerial survey of the International Border in Samba, Akhnoor, Ranbir Singh Pura (RS Pura) and Hira Nagar sectors.

He took a security meeting with top BSF field commanders at the Samba headquarters of the paramilitary force.

He later addressed BSF troopers at a Sainik Sammelan where he lauded the high morale of the troops guarding the borders of the country.

Shinde landed at the technical area of Jammu airport in the morning alongwith union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, other senior home ministry officials and Subhash Joshi, director general (DG) of paramilitary border security force (BSF).

From Jammu airport, the Home Minister along with the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the team of Union Ministry officials flew in a chopper to Samba town where Shinde reviewed the situation on the international border with senior BSF officials.

Shinde accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and other senior officials also visited the Hira Nagar police station where four policemen and two civilians were killed by three terrorists Sep 26 this year.

Shinde’s visit comes after Omar Abdullah on Monday asked the Centre to explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire.

Omar said ceasefire along the LoC and International Border was one of the major steps that was mutually agreed by both the countries.

A total of 136 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years.