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Union home secy reviews border situation in Jammu

HT Correspondent and Agencies , Hindustan Times  Jammu, August 16, 2013
First Published: 17:48 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 23:40 IST(16/8/2013)
Amid escalating ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control and sniper fire along the international border, Union home secretary Anil Goswami reviewed the security situation in Jammu frontier on Friday.


 
Tensions have been running high on the LoC and the international border following 11 violations of the (November 2003) ceasefire agreement by Pakistan in the last six days.
 
India has squarely blamed Pakistan army regulars for the killing of five Indian army soldiers in an ambush in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch sector on August 6.
 
The Poonch ambush has put the dialogue process with Pakistan in difficulty.
 
The opposition is pressuring Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September-end.
 
After reaching Jammu, Goswami headed straight for RS Pura border belt to assess the situation on the international border and meet jawans.
 
"I have visited the border areas and met jawans, their morale is high," he told reporters at the Octerio border outpost (BoP).
 
He reviewed the security situation along with SS Tomar, IG, Border Security Force.
 
The international border in Jammu and Kashmir is guarded by the BSF, while the LoC is manned by the army.
 
Sniper fire from Pakistan critically injured two jawans along the international border earlier this month.
 
BSF head constable Ram Niwas Meena, who was injured in Samba in Jammu on August 5, succumbed to injuries at AIIMS in Delhi on August 11.
 
The other jawan injured in a separate instance of sniper fire is battling for life.
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