As ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said Thursday Islamabad did not seem to learn any lesson, and India's response to firing from across the border had been "more than double the capacity."
"Pakistan does not like to stay quiet even on New Year day. They started (cross-border) firing at 12.30 in the night and don't seem to learn (any) lesson," Parrikar said at an event in Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore.
Later speaking to reporters, he said, "There are ceasefire violations....whenever they want infiltration to be done, many times they do the firings at night...I don't think that we have allowed that to happen."
In a fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistan Rangers targeted 12 border outposts in Samba sector, a day after an Indian jawan and four Pakistani soldiers were killed in exchange of fire.
India said it will lodge a strong protest with Pakistan over the ceasefire violations, the third along the International Border in the past three days and seventh in last eight days.
"We are surrounded in northern boundaries by two neighbours who are not very comfortable with us," Parrikar said, in an obvious reference to Pakistan and China.
Parrikar was speaking at an event organised by "Adamya Chetana", an NGO working in the field of social development managed by Union Minister Ananth Kumar's wife Tejaswini.
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BSF talks tough
Meanwhile, the BSF made it clear that it would send a strong reply to the nuclear-armed rival every time there was a ceasefire violation.
Asserting that BSF never fires "first" towards the Pakistan side along the International Border, the force said the neighbouring country should be ready to suffer collateral damages if the Indian side retaliated.
"If Pakistan rangers fire on us, we will also fire on them. If they suffer collateral damages (in our action), they (Pakistan) should be ready for that," Rakesh Sharma, inspector general of BSF (Jammu Frontier) told reporters.
Sharma was speaking to media persons at a function held to pay homage to constable Shri Ram Gawaria who died Wednesday when Pakistan violated ceasefire along International Border (IB) in Samba sector by firing on a BSF patrol party. Four Pakistan rangers were also killed in retaliatory firing by BSF.
Asked whether there were instructions from the Centre to give befitting reply to Pakistan, he said, "There were already clear instructions in the past as also this time and will continue in future too."
Sharma termed Wednesday's firing by Pakistan as an act of frustration.
"See how Pakistan rangers have snipped the patrol party of BSF. This is utter frustration of Pakistan as they are not getting an opportunity to infiltrate into this side."