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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch of Jammu and Kashmir

LiveMint logoLiveMint 09-09-2017 PTI

Poonch/Jammu: Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire along the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, by resorting to firing on forward posts.

The firing from across the border in Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in Mendhar sector started around 10.30am, prompting retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border, a police official said.

He said the exchange of fire did not stop between the two sides when the last reports were received. However, there was no immediate report of any casualty. Two Army porters were injured in Pakistani firing, which lasted for ten minutes, on 7 September.

Earlier, on 1 September, a assistant sub inspector (ASI) of the Border Security Force, Kamaljit Singh, sustained bullet injuries due to enemy fire from across the LoC at a forward post in Krishna Ghati sector, an officer said. He was provided first aid and evacuated from the post but unfortunately succumbed to the injuries, he said.

On 4 September, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice by firing at forward posts along the LoC in Degwar and Maldalyan areas in Poonch and along the international border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu.

On 3 September, Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch along the LoC. Before that, on 30 August, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling in the Nowshera sector, targeting forward posts and civilian areas.

On 27 August, five civilians, including a woman and two minor boys, were injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the Shahpur belt of Poonch district.

A day before, on 26 August, BSF troops had retaliated against violations and killed three Pak rangers. On 25 August, a BSF Jawan was injured in sniper fire by Pakistan rangers along the international border in Jammu.

On 23 August, senior Army commanders of India and Pakistan held a flag meeting on the LoC in Poonch sector and agreed to institute mechanisms for durable peace and tranquillity. The two sides agreed to keep channels of communication open between local commanders at the LoC, a spokesman had said.

The year 2017 has seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces. Till 1 August, there were 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army, while in 2016 the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, according to the Army figures.

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