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India should adopt a multi-pronged strategy to give a befitting reply to Pakistani ceasefire violations: Analysts
The on going ceasefire violations by the Pakistan is called as the heaviest cross-border firing since the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Extending ceasefire violations to Samba district, Pakistan troops heavily shelled and fired upon 40 Border Outposts and 24 villages along the international border in Jammu and Samba districts, leaving three persons injured.

From Indian side, its BSF troops responded strongly with equal caliber weapons to Pakistan's firing. This resulted in a heavy exchange of fire.

Natwar Singh, a former foreign minister feels that Pakistan is doing this to ruin the process of composite dialogue. "Pakistan is taking initiative to ensure that the composite dialogues doesn't continue. And I think the government is being patient, but this can't go on and government has to react."

At this point of time when there are serious ceasefire violations by the Pakistan, how India can give a befitting reply to it?

Naresh Chandra, an ex-Indian Ambassador to the US, said "That is given in two parts. One is what the government says in terms of statements on dialogues or decision to not to have a dialogue at this time or to postpone it. Second part is the answer given by our Army. Now the Army can only make bland statements, they cannot go into details. But any intelligent person can understand that if there is firing from the other side, our soldiers are not trained to just lie down on the ground. So we should assume that the Army is handling the situation intelligently and deliberating its response to show that, look we can retaliate effectively, but not go to an extent to provoke a higher level of conflict. But it is unfortunate for both the sides. "

Chandra added, "The other is pressure by the militant groups in Pakistan. Pakistani Army likes nothing better than diverting their energy and attention to the border or the LoC. So, they are having a problem. So they have nurtured the serpent, and which keeps biting them from time to time. So, they are paying a very heavy price for adopting the option of using terrorism as an instrument to their foreign policy."

Dr. Parikshit Manhas, an academician, researcher and foreign policy analyst feels that India should reply to Pakistani ceasefire violations with a multi-pronged strategy.

"Obviously the reply with regard to this cease fire violation should be multi-pronged. And first thing is that we have to counter them from the border, because that leads to the boosting or lowering down of the morale of our forces. So immediately we should give them a befitting reply over there. But I also feel that the Government of India and foreign affairs department should try to tackle this issue internationally, right at the UN and also with the Pakistani Government directly. So they should be very stern. So it should be three pronged strategy i.e. on the border, with the Pakistan and as well as with the UN."

In public rallies during Lok Sabha elections PM Modi was talking about taking "very tough stand against Pakistan" if he would come in power. But now when Modi-led govt is actually in power, is that tough stand against Pakistan can be spotted anywhere?

Replying to this very question, Dr. Manhas said that Narendra Modi-led government should be given some time. But he said that so far PM Modi is successful in positively engaging the neighboring and other countries.

"Well what I think is that we should still give him some time. Obviously there had been a government which was elected for 10 years and there were two successive governments of one party. Now, a new party has come up and they are coming in power after a long gap, so it does take some time to know the things and to get to the act on how the international affairs to be tackled. So, what I feel is that we should at least give them one year to see to, whatever they have did, and what their manifesto talks about, and if it is being implemented or not. So, thats an important thing, and what I personally feel is, till now what we have seen is that there is a positive engagement on the part of Narendra Modi as far as SAARC and other countries are concerned. So I feel there would be positive engagements in times to come," said Dr. Manhas.

An ex-servicemen Bhaskar Sarkar, who retired from the Army as a Colonel, said that it's easy to speak about taking tough actions, but on ground level there are many things which needs to be seen before actually taking any tough stand.

"You know it is easy to talk, about taking tough action. Normally when cease fire violations take place, small arms are used and heavy weapons like tanks, artilleries etc. are not used. So, when you say take a tough stand, what tough stand he really want to take, does he want to increase the level of fighting from small arms to an all out war, and if he goes for an all out war, then where is it likely to end. Politicians and others keep saying lot of things, but we must understand what is practicable and feasible."

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