Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Jammu And Kashmir Again; 194 Times This Year

12/08/2015 9:42 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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In this Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 photo, Indian army soldiers patrol near the India-Pakistan border fencing at the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, at Krishna Ghati (KG Sector) in Poonch, 290 kilometers (180 miles) from Jammu, India. The military commanders of longtime rivals India and Pakistan met on Tuesday in a bid to stop frequent cross-border attacks in disputed Kashmir which escalated tensions in the region in recent months. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

JAMMU— In twin ceasefire violations on Tuesday night, Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts, drawing retaliation from the Army.

"Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati Sector of Poonch district since 0100 hours", a Defence Spokesman said.

"Pakistan troops opened small arms fire. Troops on our side of Line of Control retaliated. No casualty or damage reported", the spokesman said.

On August 10, Pakistan had resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control in Bhimbergali Sector.

"At 2310 hours last night, Pakistan troops had opened small arms fire and fired intermittently. Troops on our side of Line of Control retaliated appropriately. No casualty and damage has been reported", he said.

There have been 19 ceasefire violations along the Indo-Pak border in July in which four persons, including three jawans, were killed and 14 others injured.

Pakistan violated ceasefire 192 times along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir till July 26 this year, government told Lok Sabha on Tuesday, adding that measures have been put in place for "immediate and effective retaliation" to such provocations.

The House was also informed that the Centre proposes to have a provision for giving Rs. 5 lakh compensation, in addition to what the state government pays, to the families of those who get killed in firing from across the border.

On August 9, Pakistani troops had targeted forward Indian posts along the LoC in Hamirpur-Balakote sector of Poonch district overnight, drawing retaliation from the Army.

The Hamirpur, Krishnagati and Sabzian sectors in Poonch have been targeted by Pakistan troops for the past three days, possibly to facilitate infiltration from across the border.

On August 9, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing from automatic weapons and mortar shells on forward post in Mandi-Sabzaiyan sector in Poonch.

Apart from mortar shells and automatic weapons, Pakistani troops fired 120 mm mortars.

On August 7, an army jawan was injured as Pakistani troops opened fire at villages and forward posts in Poonch district along the LoC.

Pakistani troops had on August 6 resorted to intermittent firing with automatic weapons, rocket projectile grenades and mortar bombs along the LoC in Poonch district.

On August 5, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice and targeted forward posts and hamlets, in which three civilians were injured.

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