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Pakistan forces violate ceasefire along LoC in Kashmir’s Rajouri district

LiveMint logoLiveMint 25-06-2017 PTI

Jammu: Pakistani army on Sunday again violated ceasefire by firing from automatic weapons and shelling mortars along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. The Pakistan forces initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 0630 hours today on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector, a Defence spokesman said.

The Indian troops returned the fire strongly and effectively, he said. This was the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the past 24 hours. The violation comes just days after an attack by a Pakistani special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under heavy fire-cover and killed two jawans while losing one of their men. On Saturday also the Pakistan army had initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from small arms, automatic weapons and mortars from 1130 hours to 1410 hours on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.

Earlier on Thursday, in the third such attack this year, a team of Pakistani special forces sneaked 600 metres across the LoC into the Poonch sector and killed two Indian jawans and lost one Border Action Team (BAT) member in retaliatory action. The BAT comprises special forces personnel of the Pakistan army and terrorists.

It had carried out the attack at around 2 PM on an Army patrol party in the Gulpur belt of Poonch on 22 June under heavy cover fire by Pakistani troops. In the firefight, two Indian soldiers - 34-year-old Naik Jadhav Sandip of Aurangabad and 24-year-old Sepoy Mane Savan Balku of Kolhapur - were martyred. The Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) members were armed with ‘headband cameras’ to record the attack on the Indian Army patrol.

Earlier, on June 16, Pakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district of J&K, killing an Indian Army jawan. There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the international border in Jammu region in June in which one civilian also lost his life while seven others were injured.

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