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Ceasefire violation at IB, LoC
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JAMMU/MENDHAR, Oct 30: Pakistani troops today resorted to firing at International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Arnia and Mendhar sectors, thus violating the ceasefire again.

With no let up in ceasefire violation incidents this month, Pakistani Rangers today fired at Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Jammu district.

“Pakistan Rangers have fired with small arms on Indian post of Pindi along International Border (IB) in Arnia sub-sector from 11.45 AM today,” a senior BSF officer said, adding that Pak Rangers have also violated the ceasefire.

BSF troops, guarding the borderline took positions and effectively retaliated resulting in brief exchanges, he said.

There was no loss of life or damage to property in the firing, he said.

However, police reports said that Pakistani Rangers targeted the villagers working in the fields. The villagers ran for safety and luckily none of them were injured.

In another such incident, Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire and fired on some forward posts along Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnagati sector of Mendhar in Poonch district, early today.

Official sources said that Pakistani troops fired upon forward posts Dogra, Ghora and Chajja Maan from 5.45 AM to 6.30 PM. They used small arms while the Indian troops retaliated using equal caliber. An exchange of fire continued for at-least 45 minutes. There was, however, no loss of life or damage to property in the firing, officials said.

The fired was aimed at an attempt to push a group of infiltrators, sources added.

PRO Defence Col RK Palta, however, denied any firing at LoC.

This is the ninth case of ceasefire violation so far this month. Pakistan had violated ceasefire 27 times in the past two months along IB and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

On October 19, Pakistani troops had fired with small arms and light and medium weapons on several Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Krishnagati sub-sector along Line of Control (LoC) of Poonch district.

The Pak Rangers violated ceasefire when they fired on Indian Posts same day along International Border (IB) in Abdullain belt in R S Pura sub-sector in Jammu district.

On October 17, Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on forward border belts of Goutrian and Mankote (separate areas) along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector.

On October 7 and 4, Pakistani troops fired on forward posts along International Border (IB) in Kharwa and Chechwal area in Samba sector.

On October 1, Pakistani troops opened fire at Indian posts and Chachwal forward village along International Border (IB) in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which a couple was injured.

Agencies adds:

Indian troops fired heavy weapons into Azad Jammu and Kashmir, forcing the Pakistani army to respond.

According to local sources, Indian troops resorted to unprovoked and heavy shelling at Buttal Sector in Poonch District of Azad Kashmir. Fear and panic gripped the affected areas while traffic was also suspended. According to the latest reports cross-border shelling continues from both sides for the last several hours.


News Updated at : Wednesday, October 31, 2012
 
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