Pak troops violate ceasefire again, fire at Indian posts
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire yet again today firing rockets and mortars at Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district in the wee hours with an aim to send militants across the border.Updated: Aug 21, 2010 23:23 IST
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire yet again on Saturday firing rockets and mortars at Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district in the wee hours with an aim to send militants across the border.
Pakistani soldiers indulged in heavy firing along the LoC at around 0100 hours, targeting Indian forward posts in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch district with rockets and mortars, Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 corps, Brig S Dua said.
Dozens of mortars and rockets were fired, which exploded away from the posts without causing any damage, he said, terming it as an "unprovoked act".
Indian troops guarding the border, took positions and fired back resulting in heavy exchanges for over two hours but there were no casualties on either side, he said.
"It is ceasefire violation aimed at infiltrating militants into this side of the LoC,", he said adding, "We have lodged a strong protest with our Pakistani counterparts and called for a flag meeting over the incident".
Some posts targeted by Pakistan troops included Kripan, Kranti, Chajja One, and Gorda in Balnoie forward belt of Krishnagati sub-sector in Poonch.
This is for the second time this year that Pakistani troops have fired mortars and rockets. On May 23, they had fired rockets and mortars in Poonch's KG sector.
Pakistani troops had earlier violated the ceasefire along the LoC and targeted six Indian posts with mortar, rockets and small arms fire in Poonch sector on the intervening night of July 15 and 16.
There was also a ceasefire violation along the International Border in R S Pura sub-sector's Kharkhola and Bodla Border Out Posts on July 15.
Pakistani troops had also fired at forward positions along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati area of Poonch sector on July 5.
On July 9, Pakistani Rangers had violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing along the International Border on Khawara Border Out Post in Mawa belt of Samba district.
Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on July 7 when they opened fire at the Chak Pagwari BOP in Pargwal in Jammu.
First Published: Aug 21, 2010 23:22 IST