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No let up in ceasefire violations: Pak firing in Mendhar
MENDHAR, Oct 18: Under the cover fire of Pakistani forces, militants last night tried to intrude into Indian territory from the Krishna Ghati sector of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district.

Intelligence inputs said that troops deployed at the forward posts Mahan and Dogra in Krishna Ghati sector noticed suspicious movement of group of 4-5 armed intruders along the Line of Control (LoC) late last night at 11 PM. The troops opened fire aiming at the intruders. However, troops of 29 Baloach regiment deployed at Kash and Bataiyar Post in PAK violated the ceasefire agreement and they opened indiscriminate fire on Indian Posts with an aim to provide cover to the intruders. The exchange of firing continued for 1 hour till midnight but the intruders managed to flee back to other side of LoC.

Nothing was found after the search operation launched by the Indian troops on both sides of the fence this morning. The area has been cordoned, reports said, adding that no loss of life or property was reported in an exchange of fire.

PRO defence Col RK Palta, when contacted, denied any infiltration bid or ceasefire in KG sector. He, however, said that yesterday at 1900 hours ceasefire violation took place at Gountrian area of Poonch and the Indian forces exercised restraint.

This was the second ceasefire incident in the district within couple of hours. Yesterday evening Pak forces violated ceasefire in Gountrian area. Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing of small arms, mortars and LMG rounds on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district last evening.

Reports from Poonch said that army conveyed protest with their counterparts on hotline today but Pakistan army refused any ceasefire violation.

Pakistan has violated the ceasefire 23 times in the past two months. On October 7 and 4, Pakistan troops had fired on forward posts along the International Border (IB) in Kharwa and Chechwal area in Samba sector.

On October 16, three civilians were killed in a ceasefire violation incident in Uri sector of North Kashmir.

Pakistani troops allegedly violated truce in Keri sector of Rajouri on October 14 in which one BSF jawan went missing but returned after couple of days.

On October 12, intrusion bid was foiled amid ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops near Kranti and Kirpan Posts of Krishna Ghati area.

On October 11 ceasefire violation incident took place in Sona Gali area of Mendhar.

On October 4 and October 7, Pakistani troops had fired at Indian posts Chilaryian in Chachwal forward village along International Border (IB) in Samba sector in which a couple was injured and in Khawara area.

The repeated firing incidents have triggered panic in border hamlets.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had yesterday asked Pakistan to respect the ceasefire, saying guns were no solution to any issue. Reacting to the unprovoked firing by Pakistani Army that resulted in killing of three civilians in Uri sector of North Kashmir on Tuesday, Omar had said, "...We also have guns and mortars. If we also start firing, where will this stop?"
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News Updated at : Thursday, October 18, 2012
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