In a major ceasefire violation, the Pakistani troops resorted to heavy mortar shelling and fired with automatic weapons at 20 border out posts and civilian areas along the international border (IB) in Jammu sector, leaving a villager injured.
"The Pakistan Rangers armed with heavy weaponry
resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing of automatic weapons on 15 to 20 border out posts (BoPs) in Arnia and R S Pura sub-sectors in Jammu district around 2130 hours last night", a BSF officer said here on Monday.
The BSF troops responded with equal caliber weapons to Pakistan's firing which resulted in intermittent exchanges of fire, which stopped around 0630 hours on Monday, the officer said.
An elderly villager identified as Attar Singh of Treva hamlet was injured in the mortar shelling, he said.
There were reports that the Pakistani Rangers also fired 82-mm mortars on the BoPs and some civilian areas in Arnia and R S Pura.
Most of the borderline in R S Pura and Arnia was shelled by the Pakistani Rangers throughout the night, making it the biggest ceasefire violation this year.
The cross-border firing comes ahead of August 25 foreign secretary talks between India and Pakistan.
This is the 11th ceasefire violation by the Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in Jammu region during the past 10 days and the 12th in August this year.
The Pakistani troops had on Sunday violated the ceasefire twice by resorting to heavily firing with automatic and small arms along Arnia sub-sector in International Border and Hamirpur sub-sector in Jammu and Poonch districts.
On August 14, the Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked small arms and automatic weapons firing on Indian posts along the LoC in Hamirpur sector of Poonch district. Besides this, there were two other violations of ceasefire in Balakote (Mendhar) and Hamirpur sectors in Poonch on August 14.
On August 13, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing by small arms and automatic weapons on forward posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Poonch district, in which one jawan was injured.
On August 12, the Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy firing with mortar shells, small arms and automatic weapons on five BoPs and civilian areas along the IB in Arnia-R S Pura areas in Jammu district.
Two BSF jawans were among four persons injured on August 11 when the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing with small arms, automatic weapons and mortar shells on 10 border out posts and civilian areas along the international border in Arnia and RS Pura belts of Jammu district.
On August 10, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire by targeting the Indian forward posts with small arms and automatic weapons along the Line of Control in Mendhar sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian forces to retaliate.
The Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on August 8 by resorting to firing on the Indian Posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Poonch district. On August 5, there was a ceasefire violation along the LoC in Poonch.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani media report said that at least three persons, including two Rangers, were injured in the alleged cross border firing. "The Indians allegedly violated the border in Charwah and Haryal sector of Sialkot which resulted in the injuries," the Express Tribune claimed.
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