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Pak violates ceasefire, warns India of escalation

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 11, 2013
First Published: 23:25 IST(11/8/2013) | Last Updated: 08:34 IST(12/8/2013)

In the third ceasefire violation over the past two days, Pakistani forces on Sunday resorted to firing on forward Indian posts along the international border in Kanachak sector about 20km from Jammu, seriously injuring BSF jawan Pawan Kumar.

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"There was sniper firing from the Pakistan side at 0830 hours today (Sunday) along the international border on three posts," a senior BSF officer said.

There was also firing on main posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector, Poonch. No loss of life or property was reported.

Pakistan, meanwhile, continued with its aggressive stance and denied any wrongdoing. Officials in Islamabad warned of a possible escalation in tensions with India if the latest initiative of PM Nawaz Sharif failed.

Military officials said army movements to bring forces to the Indian border may start in the coming week.

"Troops stationed on the Afghan border may be re-deployed if the tensions increase," an army spokesman said.

Moreover, Pakistan accused India of attacks in Sialkot. An army official said unprovoked firing from the Indian side targeted Rangers outposts in the sector.

In New Delhi, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said India wants the Pakistan government to take responsibility for the killing of five of its soldiers on the LoC on August 6.

"The responsibility must rest with the government. Our meeting point is the civilian-elected government of Pakistan, not the Pakistan Army or any other agency," Khurshid said to Thapar in the Devil's Advocate programme telecast on Sunday.

Meanwhile, BSF jawan Ram Niwas Meena, who was injured in firing in the Samba sector on August 5, succumbed to his wounds on Sunday at AIIMS in Delhi.


Also, speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar in an interview to be telecast later, Pakistani high commissioner to India Salman Bashir further upped the ante by blaming the Indian Army's director general of military operations for not informing his Pakistan counterpart about the ceasefire violation on August 6 during their hotline talk that day.

"Our two DGMOs have a hotline. On the morning of August 6, there was a hotline conversation between the DGMOs of the two sides and I am told that the Indian side did not mention any violation of the LoC at that time. So, it seems to me that a lot of constructions are being put on the incident. As I have said, I am not able to put specifics of it," he said.

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