Pak troops again violate truce; army seeks flag meeting
In yet another incident of truce violation in the past six days, Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing with small automatic weapons on Kranti and Kirpan posts in Krishna Ghati sector at 10am today. According to defence personnel, no loss of property or life was reported in the firing which continued till 11.30am.chandigarh Updated: Jun 19, 2012 23:06 IST
In yet another incident of truce violation in the past six days, Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing with small automatic weapons on Kranti and Kirpan posts in Krishna Ghati sector at 10am on Tuesday.
According to defence personnel, no loss of property or life was reported in the firing which continued till 11.30am.
Pakistan troops have been firing intermittently with heavy guns, mortars , RPGs, light and heavy machine guns etc, since June 11 when PK Mishra, BSF constable was killed by them at Karanti post with sniper rifle.
"Pakistan again violated the ceasefire today (Tuesday) for more than half hour with small automatic weapons in Krishna Ghati area. Our troops exercised restraint and did not fire back. No loss or injury was reported from the area. No flag meeting was planned for today" said defence public relations officer RK Palta.
On June 13, Pakistan troops targeted the Kirpan and Kranti posts from Daku, Battle, Roza and pimple posts, in which havildar Harvinder was killed. On the same day, Indian troops retaliated and reportedly caused heavy losses to Pakistan posts in the area facing Krishna Ghati.
“After effective retaliation by the Indian troops, Pakistan authorities in reaction suspended cross-Line of Control (LoC) trade from Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch district. To defuse more tension on the LoC being created after truce violation in the last few days, the Indian army contacted its counterpart to hold a flag meeting. However, Pakistan army officers did not turn up for the meeting on June 17. Moreover, Pakistan authorities also stopped cross-LoC bus service from Chakan-da-Bagh which happened for the first time due to tension on the border.
The continuous heavy to small arms firing since June 11 has left people of the areas falling near LoC and situated in-between cobra fence and LoC worried.
“As the Pakistan army has suffered a heavy loss in the retaliatory firing by the Indian troops, the Pakistan army may violate truce agreement, which is routine before for a flag meeting, by striking either in Poonch or Rajouri districts” said sources in intelligence agencies.
To face any challenge from across the border, Bofors and guns with more than 80-km range have been stationed at both the districts and troops are also on high alert.
As the local army formation failed to get any response from their counterpart in Pakistan to hold meeting to defuse the tension on the LoC, the ministry of defence , as per intelligence sources , will now take up the matter with higher authorities in Pakistan.
Army seeks flag meeting
The army has sought a 'Brigade Commander-level' flag meeting with its Pakistan counterpart along the LoC in the wake of killing of two jawans and injuries to four others in firing during ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops.
“We have sent a hotline message to Pakistan army and called for a Brigade commander-level flag meeting to discuss the issues of increasing incidents of firing and ceasefire violations in Poonch sector", a senior army officer said.
The message has been sent to Pakistani authorities on Monday and they were asked to convey the timings of the meeting within two days, he said.
First Published: Jun 19, 2012 14:42 IST