Pak firing worst since 1971 war: BSF
JAMMU, Aug 26: The Border Security Force (BSF) said on Tuesday that it was for the first time after the 1971 war that Pakistani troops were firing at Indian posts on such a massive scale.
BSF director general D K Pathak said: "It is for the first time after the 1971 war that Pakistani troops have been violating the ceasefire on the international border on such a large scale, targeting even civilian areas in Jammu and Kashmir."
Pathak was speaking to the media at the Miran Sahib headquarters of the BSF in Jammu district.
He said the BSF had been effectively retaliating against the Pakistani military on the international border.
"We are giving them a befitting reply as we ensure that no civilian areas on their side are affected by our response."
Pathak said there were 25-30 launching pads where heavily armed militants were waiting on the Pakistan side to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir.
"These launching pads are located in schools, community halls and forest areas on the other side," he said.
Pathak is also visiting a government medical college hospital in Jammu to meet those injured by Pakistan firing.
The BSF guards the 210km long international border in the three districts of Jammu, Samba and Kathua in Jammu region.
Pak suffers heavy casualties as govt gives troops free hand
NEW DELHI, Aug 26: Government has given full backing to border forces to go on the offensive in the event of unprovoked firing from Pakistan along the Indo-Pak border. The result is that border forces have pulled out all stops and gone for targeted and precision firing which has led to far more casualties on Pakistan side in just 10 days of firing this year than was witnessed in 30 days of skirmishes last year in August.
As many as eight people, including soldiers, LeT terrorists and civilians, have been killed in Pakistan and over two dozen injured in the firings that began on August 16 this year. On the Indian side, however, there have been only two casualties — of civilians. All these incidents have taken place on the International Border in Jammu guarded by BSF.
A total of 12 Indian soldiers were killed through 2013 by Pakistan forces. This year there has been only one casualty — of a BSF jawan — due to sniper firing a month ago.
"Ever since mid-August ceasefire violations, we have gone on complete offensive, firing both guns and area weapons. We are thrice in strength of Pakistan Rangers and thus have as many weapons. This has resulted in heavy casualties on the other side even though Pakistan Rangers are being supported by their Army. We will continue to retaliate fiercely until Pakistan stops firing," said a senior BSF officer.
BSF sources said Islamabad has also deployed Pakistan Army's 12 Mujahideen Battallion in Charwa sector to help Pakistan Rangers.
At a meeting held at home ministry with minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval and BSF DG DK Pathak among others discussed the issue of escalating tension on the Indo-Pak border. Sources said government is fully backing all action taken by BSF and asked it to ensure safety of civilians in border areas. Pathak said, "We are giving befitting reply to ceasefire violations from Pakistan. At the same time we are trying not to hit civilian areas in Pakistan."
The force has been forcing villagers in border areas out of the range of Pakistan bullets and shells during the night. "We are making them sleep in schools and other government buildings away from their homes. During the day they return to their daily chores in their villages as most of the firing takes place at night," said a BSF officer.
The August offensive of 2013 had begun after Pakistan forces had killed five Indian soldiers patrolling the border. The killing had followed the January beheading of an Indian armyman leading to nationwide outrage. Forces of the two countries exchanged bullets for the whole month before an understanding was reached in September.
Army Chief warns Pak on beheading-like incident
NEW DELHI, Aug 1: On his first day in office, Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag warned Pakistan that India's response to any beheading-like incident in future would be "more than adequate, intense and immediate".
"I can tell you that our response to any such act will be more than adequate in future. It will be intense and immediate," he told reporters after his welcome Guard of Honour as Chief of Army Staff.
The new Army Chief was asked how did India give a 'befitting reply' to Pakistan after the beheading of Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj along the Line of Control in Poonch sector on January 8, last year by Pakistani troops.
Previous Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh had yesterday stated that India had given a befitting reply to Pakistan after the beheading incident.
"It has been done. Please understand that when we use force, that use is from tactical to operational to strategic levels. "When I mention that during that incident, it was aimed at operations at the tactical level, which have been undertaken. I think this has been done by the local commander, the Chiefs have nothing to do with it," Gen Singh had said.
Pakistani Special Forces under the Border Area Teams (BAT) had carried out the operation of beheading Hemraj and mutilitating the body of Lance Naik Sudhakar Singh.
Later in August, they had also killed five Indian troops in the same sector in a joint attack by Pakistani Special Forces and LeT terrorists.
MKU bags body armour contract from Ecuador
By Deepak Arora
KANPUR, July 28: MKU Pvt. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and land-air-sea platforms, has been awarded a contract for 40,000 Body Armour by the Republic of Ecuador for upgrading the protection of its Police Force.
MKU had participated in a global tender in Ecuador for the contract. The Body Armour selected by the Ministry of Interior, Ecuador had gone through extensive tests and field trials before being selected. This Body Armour is tested and certified by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), USA as compliant to their most stringent 0101.06 standard.
The contract was awarded to MKU Pvt Ltd., by Minister of Interior of Ecuador Sr. Jose Serrano Salgadoat. MKU has 100% EOU at Kanpur. This is the single largest export order received by an Indian company for Body Armour.
While awarding the contract, Ecuador Minister of Interior Sr. Jose Serrano Salgado congratulated MKU on winning the contract and stated that, “MKU was selected on the basis of meeting all specifications and requirements as per the global tender.” He added that this decision was extremely important as the country likes to take the best decision for their people and police. “The lives of our police are the lives of our people.”
The Minister also stated that the delegation would be coming back to India in few months time to hold discussions with the Indian Home Ministry for an MoU for a strategic alliance.
Speaking on the occasion of the signing ceremony ofthe contract, Mr. Manoj Gupta, Chairman MKU stated, “MKU is extremely proud to receive this order. India is looked upon primarily as an importer of defense and security equipment. Orders like this will help in putting India on the export mapof world class defense and security technology’.
He added, ‘It was about 15 years ago that India had imported Body Armour for Kargil. It makes everyone at MKU very proud that today we have achieved the technological excellence to export these from India’
MKU was setup in 1985 and till date has provided protection to over 1.5 million soldiers through its products. It has, in its repertoire, 1000+ solutions covering more than 100 types of ballistic threats. It is a registered supplier to NATO since 1993 and has manufacturing facilities in India and Germany. Its products are used and trusted by more than 230 forces in over 100 countries worldwide including the UN and BAAINBw. Its facilities are certified according to AS 9100.
MKU has several innovative products in the protection and surveillance space. It offers Body Amour, Ballistic Helmets, Armour Inserts, Ballistic Shields, Bomb Blankets and Demining Suits for personnel. It also offers end to end solutions in armouring of Aircraft, Naval Vessels and Land Vehicles. It is in the process of setting up a state of art plant for manufacture of sophisticated Night Vision Devices in India.
Instavest from MKU is a one of its kind patented ‘quick release’ ballistic jacket which can be divested by the wearer in one single action in a fraction of a second and can be re-assembled again very quickly for wearing again. It has also developed and promoted the technology for manufacturing ‘Boltfree Helmets’ which are based on the ‘no-drill concept’, this technology provides uniform protection to the soldiers across the entire shell and also protects him from injuries due to secondary fragments.