In a clear warning to Pakistan, Gen Bikram Singh said on Monday that India will respond in equal measure if the neighbouring country breaks any rules, revealing that ten Pakistani soldiers had been killed in a recent military action.

Pakistan's Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release later that it is contrary to the facts on ground.

The Pakistan Army respects the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, it quoted a Pakistan military's spokesperson as saying.

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After the meeting between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) on December 24, 2013, the situation along the LoC has improved considerably. Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counter-productive, the spokesperson added.

The Indian Army Chief in his statement on Monday also said the army needed to continue guarding the troubled northern state "under the present circumstances".

"We will fire at any militant trying to enter through the LoC," Gen Bikram Singh said at the annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15.

Gen Singh has also rejected the perception that Indian military has not retaliated against the beheading of its soldiers by Pakistani troops last year.  "Let me assure you that action has been taken. If I can invite the attention to the Geo TV report on December 23 which talked of their one officer and nine jawans being killed with 12-13 being wounded. This has happened due to firing of your soldiers on ground. They have done their bit," he said.

His comments came as reports in the Pakistani media blamed India for violating the ceasefire and firing at a civilian near the LoC.

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Indian Army Chief's statement provocative: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan has said Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh's statement on ceasefire violations was provocative and regrettable.

In a clear warning to Pakistan, Gen Bikram Singh said on Monday that India will respond in equal measure if the neighbouring country breaks any rules, revealing that ten Pakistani soldiers had been killed in a recent military action.

Pakistan's Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release later that it is contrary to the facts on ground.
 

The Pakistan Army respects the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit, it quoted a Pakistan military's spokesperson as saying.

After the meeting between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) on December 24, 2013, the situation along the LoC has improved considerably. Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counter-productive, the spokesperson added.

The Indian Army Chief in his statement on Monday also said the army needed to continue guarding the troubled northern state "under the present circumstances".

"We will fire at any militant trying to enter through the LoC," Gen Bikram Singh said at the annual press conference ahead of Army Day on January 15.

Gen Singh has also rejected the perception that Indian military has not retaliated against the beheading of its soldiers by Pakistani troops last year.  "Let me assure you that action has been taken. If I can invite the attention to the Geo TV report on December 23 which talked of their one officer and nine jawans being killed with 12-13 being wounded. This has happened due to firing of your soldiers on ground. They have done their bit," he said.

His comments came as reports in the Pakistani media blamed India for violating the ceasefire and firing at a civilian near the LoC.