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Forces given free hand to deal with Pak: PM

Forces given free hand to deal with Pak: PM
Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not likely to respond to political opponents who allege that he is too pre-occupied with campaigning for state elections and should instead be focusing more on the escalating tension with Pakistan.

  • India has warned Pak that it is willing to escalate its action
  • No talks with Pakistani commanders till firing ends completely
  • 2 women killed and 25 injured by Pak troops on Wednesday
  • UN chief urges India, Pakistan to resolve issues diplomatically
  • More than 20,000 residents have been shifted to safer locations
  • India giving befitting reply to Pakistan on border: Army Chief
  • 15 Pak soldiers are reported to have been killed

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not likely to respond to political opponents who allege that he is too pre-occupied with campaigning for state elections and should instead be focusing more on the escalating tension with Pakistan.
An injured woman being taken to the Government Medical College Hospital after firing from the Pakistani side at the border in Jammu on Wednesday
"Everything will be fine soon," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his first remarks on an escalating crisis with Pakistan at the border.

Sources in the government told NDTV that the PM "has left the management of the crisis to his team led by the National Security Advisor after indicating broad guidelines about not succumbing to any blackmail and responding appropriately."


The government has told the Army that no talks are to be held with Pakistani commanders till the firing ends entirely. India has also warned that it is willing to escalate its action.
Sachin Tendulkar, cricket legend and honorary Group Captain in IAF, with Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag during the 82nd Air Force Day function at  Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad on Wednesday
On Wednesday, two people were killed and 25 were injured as Pakistani troops fired on the international border in Samba district, authorities said on Wednesday. Pakistan fired through the night on Tuesday and did not stop as the day broke.

More than 20,000 residents of 30 villages along the international border in Jammu region have been shifted to safer locations.

Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Wednesday said that India was giving efficient as well as appropriate response to the Pakistani troops.

Amid simmering tension between India and Pakistan over repeated ceasefire violations by the latter, United Nations has asked the two countries to resolve all issues diplomatically through meaningful dialogue.

According to reports, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged both India and Pakistan to resolve the border row amicably through diplomatic channels.

The UN chief has also expressed grave concerns over the rising tension between the two sides.

Government sources who did not want to be named said that Pakistan was trying to "test the PM's resolve" especially after India cancelled talks with Pakistan that were scheduled in August because Islamabad insisted on consulting with Kashmiri separatists ahead of the session. They say Pakistan is also unnerved by the PM's recent talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama who stressed that India was of huge strategic importance to their countries.

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