Pak still ‘smarting under’ 1971 defeat, stoking trouble at border: BSF DG

New Delhi: Pakistan is still “smarting under” the 1971 defeat at the hands of India and the BSF is prepared both “defensively and offensively” to deal with infiltration and unprovoked firing incidents on the border, the force’s chief said.

Border Security Force Director General (DG) K K Sharma said in an interview to PTI that despite the border guarding force wreaking “more than double” the quantum of losses across the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Jammu sector, such incidents, which claim lives of civilians, soldiers and destroy property, have not abated.

“I cannot say how and when the activity of unprovoked firings and ceasefire violations (from across the border) will start but we are prepared to face any eventuality.

“If it is a major offensive, we are more than prepared and we are prepared defensively and we are prepared offensively,” the BSF chief said.

Sharma said, “I would like to make one thing clear that we ‘never’ initiate such violations and it is the other side which starts as a result of which we have to retaliate and react.”.

The BSF DG said the sole aim of these unprovoked firing incidents on the border is to “push” in militants into India.

While India wants to maintain peace and does not want to create any problems on the border, it is their (Pakistan’s) state policy to “destabilise our country”, the 1982-batch IPS officer of the Rajasthan cadre said.

“They (Pakistan) are still smarting under the defeat of 1971 which led to the creation of Bangladesh and the ISI (Pakistan intelligence agency) was created with the sole objective of dividing India.

“Their first attempt was in Khalistan and they failed. Now, they are trying it in Kashmir and they will fail,” Sharma said.PTI

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