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India will consider other options if Pak continues ceasefire violation: IAF chief

New Delhi, Jan 12 (ANI): The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, on Saturday strongly made it clear that India will be forced to consider other options, if ceasefire violations continue from the Pakistan side.

The Indian Air Force chief expressed his grave concern over the continuous ceasefire violation and firing from the Pakistani side.

The violation took place two days after the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani troops in the Mendhar Sector of Poonch district.

The tension between the two Asian neighbours has aggravated after the brutal killing and beheading of the two Indian soldiers.

Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne said: “We have a line of control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain mechanisms, we have certain structures and that is sacrosanct.

“Any violation of these with impunity, especially as to what’s been happening in the last few months, is totally unacceptable. We are monitoring the situation very carefully because if these things continue the way they are and the violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance.”

Asked about his message to NCC cadets who may later on join the armed forces, he said: “If you join the armed forces, you hold certain values, you hold certain ethos, certain traditions of the country, which we have to uphold and that’s the kind of oath that you take, when you join the armed forces.

“My message to the youth who want to join the armed forces is that hen they do so, they would be treated honourably, they would be taken care of and we will make sure that everything is available for them in meeting their operational task.”

Earlier on Friday, Defence Minister A.K. Antony had assured that enough troops have been deployed at the Line of Control (LoC) and the government is taking all steps to protect the nation’s interests and prestige of the armed forces. (ANI)