"Our army is ethical, our army is professional. We do not believe in abrogating any agreements (on truce)... But if the adversary indulges in (firing and shelling), we are forced to retaliate in a proper manner," General Officer Commanding (GoC), 16 Corps, Lt Gen RR Nimbhorkar told reporters here.

He was replying to queries on the army's retaliation of shelling by Pakistan troops targeting border residents. "It does not behove a professional army to target civilian areas, that much I can say. We are of the opinion here, especially in our country, that it (targeting civilian areas) is immoral and unethical," the GOC added.

Asked about the likely reason behind Pakistan so often resorting to firing across the border, Nimbhorkar said, "As far as the firing is concerned, there does not seem to be any reason. We cannot say as to why it is going on. It is unprovoked firing by our adversaries, where they are doing it despite various talks held recently. It actually does not sound very logical. (But) this thing is continuing for quite some time and we also give appropriate retaliation."

On whether cross-border infiltration was the reason behind the ceasefire violations, the army commander said it was part of the modus operandi in such ploys.

"But it surprises me; when we look to the last 2-3 years, we are so strong on the anti-infiltration obstacle system that there has been no infiltration," he added.

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