Pak troops violate ceasefire again
Pakistani troops for the fourth time in 30 days resorted to unprovoked firing upon Indian posts along the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu district on Friday.chandigarh Updated: Dec 07, 2012 22:43 IST
Pakistani troops for the fourth time in 30 days resorted to unprovoked firing upon Indian posts along the International Border in Samba sector of Jammu district on Friday.
An official said Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked firing at the Ballar post late in the morning when BSF troops were busy in the maintenance of the border fence. No loss of life or property was reported from either side, and only small arms were used in the firing.
Border Security Force deputy inspector general JS Oberoi said: "At 11.35am, Pakistani troops opened fire at our Ballar post. We retaliated by firing back for about five minutes."
"Our troops were busy in electrification work when the firing took place. Their motive can be to stop work," he added. Following the incident, patrolling along the border has been increased and the BSF has upped its vigil.
There have been four ceaseire fire violations by Pakistani forces in the past 30 days. Here is a brief summary of the incidents:
November 20 Pakistani troops violate ceasefire at Gulpurm sector in Poonch
November 26 Another ceasefire violation. This time firing is reported from Krishna Ghatti sector in Poonch
December 6 Pakistani soldiers violate cease fire again at Krishna Ghatti sector in Poonch
December 7 Firing from the other side of the International Border at Samba sector in Jammu
Though more incidents of ceasefire violations have been reported in the recent past, the year-wise data shows that the number of such incidents have reduced when compared to the figures for the previous two years. Pakistan this year, the BSF said, violated the ceasefire 22 times. In 2011, there were 51 such incidents, while the figures for 2010 and 2009 are 44 and 28, respectively.