Coming down heavily on Pakistan after four soldiers, including two senior-ranking officers, lost their lives in separate encounters with terrorists in Jammu & Kashmir, Union Minister General (retd.) VK Singh on September 14, called on the international community to isolate the neighboring country and step up pressure on them to act against cross-border terrorism.
A deputy superintendent of Jammu & Kashmir Police also laid down his life in the firefight with terrorists in the Valley. An Indian Army Colonel commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Unit, along with a Major and the DSP of Jammu & Kashmir Police, made the supreme sacrifice in the ongoing encounter in the Kokernag area of Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The firefight, which broke out on September 13, carried over into September 14.
Speaking to media on September 14, the Union Minister said normal bilateral relations with Pakistan cannot be restored unless it starts behaving itself.
“We have to think (about cross-border terrorism). Unless we isolate Pakistan globally, they will think it is business as usual (to send gunmen across the border to unleash terror). If we have to bring them under pressure, we have to impress on the international community to isolate them. They need to be told that normal ties cannot be restored unless they start behaving themselves,” the former Army chief added.
The senior security force personnel, who made the supreme sacrifice in the firefights, were identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak and DSP Humayun Bhat.
Two terrorists were also gunned down by security forces in the encounter that began in the Narla area of Rajouri district on September 12.
Security forces said they recovered warlike stores and medicines, with Pakistan markings during a search amid the encounter on September 13 evening.
(with inputs from ANI)