Pak violates ceasefire yet again;eighth incident in three weeks
Pakistani troops have again "violated ceasefire"along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district by targeting Indian posts.india Updated: May 17, 2014 19:32 IST
Pakistani troops have again "violated ceasefire"along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district by targeting Indian posts.
It was the eighth incident of ceasefire violation in the last three weeks.
"Pakistani troops again resorted to firing by automatic and small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 7.35pm yesterday (Friday),"said a defence spokesperson here on Saturday.
Troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, said the spokesperson, adding, "The exchange of firing continued for a brief period, till 7.40pm."
There was no casualty or damage on the Indian side of the LoC due to the firing, he said.
Army officials said the ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops were aimed at helping militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border from the "launching pads"along LoC, where they are waiting to crossover.
There are also inputs that bids to engineer attacks by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on forward posts and patrolling parties are being planned from across the border, they said.
There have been two infiltration bids along the LoC in Poonch district in the last one week.
On May 10, two militants were killed when army troops foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Kalsia belt of Poonch district, in which one jawan suffered injuries.
Troops foiled another infiltration bid along the LoC on May 3 in Sawjian belt of Poonch district.
This is the eight incident of ceasefire violation in the past three weeks.
On April 13, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district's KG sector.
On May 11, a ceasefire violation in the Krishna Ghati sector in the same district was reported.
On May 10, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Poonch district from 11.30pm.
Five days prior to that, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing from automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district from 11.30pm.
On May 3, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar in Poonch district without causing loss of life or injury.
On April 28, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali in Rajouri district.
Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on April 25 by firing with small arms and mortars on Indian posts in Doda battalion areas along the LoC in Poonch district.
In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the highest number of ceasefire violations (149) and firing by Pakistani troops on forwards post, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the Indo-Pak border.