Pakistan shells Indian positions along LoC
Less than a fortnight after Pakistan promised to stop cross-border firing, its troops today shelled Indian posts, again violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.india Updated: Oct 28, 2008 13:04 IST
Less than a fortnight after Pakistan promised to stop cross-border firing, its troops Tuesday shelled Indian posts, again violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistani troops fired mortar shells and rocket projectile grenades and opened small arms firing on Indian posts along LoC in Sabzian area of Poonch district at around 11.45 pm on Monday night, a senior army official told PTI.
Around ten shells were intermittently fired for nearly half an hour, he said adding that these shells exploded away from the forward posts and there was no casualty on the Indian side.
BSF troops of 192 battalion guarding the border line observed calm despite provocation and did not retaliate.
The ceasefire violation by Pakistan came less than a fortnight after India and Pakistan decided to refrain from cross-border firing and shelling and to preserve the sanctity of the four-year-old ceasefire along Indo-Pak border.
This was agreed at a two-day long bi-annual meeting between Pakistan rangers and BSF at Lahore on October 16 during which Pakistan rangers Director General Lt Gen Mohammad Yaqoob Khan promised to Additional Director General BSF UK Bansal that there would be no ceasefire violations henceforth while acknowledging that there had been some violations earlier.
This is 35th ceasefire violation since January this year and seventh in Sabzian sub-sector where two jawans were killed in September in Pakistan firing.
The ceasefire violation and firing by Pakistan is aimed at infiltrating militants into Jammu and Kashmir to target forthcoming assembly elections in the state, officials said adding that troops at the border are foiling infiltration attempts by militants.
Army has further beefed up the security along LoC after intelligence reports that several big groups of militants are waiting to enter Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
The army's Director General of military operations had protested to his Pakistani counterpart on a couple of occasions over ceasefire violations, especially during the Tangdhar firing and the Nowgam LoC breach.
Breaches of the ceasefire by Pakistan have been reported from Jammu, Samba, Rajouri, Uri, Tanghdhar and Poonch sector this year, from where a large number of militants have been trying to infiltrate into India.
Army has assessed that the Pakistani firing occurred whenever militant groups were making attempts to infiltrate into India and ceasefire violations could be a tactic being adopted by Pakistani troops to distract Indian forces along the LoC.
Over 132 infiltration bids have been reported in the last nine months from across the LoC in which 80 militants have been killed.
First Published: Oct 28, 2008 12:59 IST