The intensity of the retaliatory fire by the Border Security Force, which killed seven Pakistani Rangers in Hiranagar sector of Jammu on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday, is not just a one-off counter-offensive measure by the country's largest border guarding force. It is a playout of a policy laid out by the Narendra Modi government to tackle Pakistan which continues to use terrorism as a state policy despite New Delhi reaching out to Islamabad.
The policy laid out by the Modi government is "four rounds of firing for one shot fired" from the Pakistani side. Home minister Rajnath Singh has told the security force that while India does not provoke its neighbour, if there is provocation from the other side, the BSF will retaliate multi-fold.
The message has gone to all the jawans on the border that "there will be no dearth of bullets " that can be fired when Pakistan targets their posts. "
This was on display on Friday as the BSF not only killed one militant and seven Pakistan soldiers in retaliatory fire but also issued a press statement asserting that it carried out an "aggressive offensive" against Pakistani forces giving a befitting reply to a sniper attack by the other side.
Putting its aggressive posture in public domain, the BSF press note also said, "During intermittent firing of small arms and area weapon, one militant and seven rangers were shot dead. " It said that the wireless intercepts it received showed talk at the Pakistani post that five of their soldiers were killed.
The BSF 's aggressive defensive also comes days after India's retaliatory covert strike for Pakistan's violation of the Line of Control in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir last month. The BSF has been getting multiple intelligence inputs that the terror havens operating from Pakistani soil are now focussing on the International Border. What India recognises as the IB along the Jammu frontier, which includes Sambha and Hiranagar sectors, is disputed by Islamabad as the Working Boundary. It is this sector where the BSF on Friday claimed to have killed seven Pakistani Rangers and one militant.