ISLAMABAD - Amid growing tension with India after Mumbai carnage, Pakistan Army had alerted even the retired military personnel to be available for backing the regular forces in case of any Indian offensive on the eastern borders, sources and retired military people told TheNation.
The sources in security circles said the military authorities had refreshed their lists of the retired army officials and jawans, informing them to get ready for any eventuality of war with India and they should be called immediately to report to their respective units and would be assigned duties to defend their homeland.
"We have been intimated by our respective units to stand alert if any emergency situation is created due to Indian aggression," confirmed a retired military official, wanting not to be named.
"We have served our country in peace and war, and are ready to defend our homeland again, he affirmed.
The South Asian nuclear rival countries, Pakistan and India, have entered into bitter controversy after Mumbai carnage.
The day of Mumbai attacks, November 26, turned out to be a worst day for the Indian law enforcement agencies and exposed their weaknesses, however, the incident also affected the relations of Pakistan and India.
The incident resulted in straining of relations between the two states.
It was the day when Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was on the Indian soil to ink a peace deal with his Indian counterpart.
Pakistan had also communicated to its Western allies, including US and European countries, that they would move their armed forces from the western borders and would re-deploy them at the eastern borders.
Some of the forces had started moving towards the eastern borders and media reports are also suggesting that some forces had been withdrawn from the tribal areas along Pak-Afghan border.
A security official said it was a normal practice in the Army that the retired personnel had been called on, whenever their services were needed.
The retired military people are being given the task to help the police to maintain law and order and even if needed sent to the frontline.
A retired military official stated that their respective units had contacted him and his former colleagues and they would report if asked by the authorities to cope with the emergency situation.
"We want to serve the nation and would be happy if given a chance to fight in the battlefield," he wished, adding that he would love to fight against the Indians if given a chance, otherwise he was ready to serve anywhere as ordered.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 28-Dec-2008 here.