Even as India and Pakistan reached an agreement to end ceasefire violations in their DG-level talks at New Delhi, the latter’s troops violated the ceasefire understanding on the forward posts along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. As per the latest information, Pakistan troops have indulged in at least three ceasefire violations Fridat night alone after its troops fired at the posts in Rajouri and Poonch sectors.
In a late night incident, Pakistan troops resorted to firing with small arms and automatic weapons along the LoC in Poonch and Balakote sectors, a Defence spokesman said. The Indian troops too retaliated leading to the exchange of fire. The Pakistan forces had opened fire in Rajouri district earlier on Friday.
“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Hamirpur sector of Rajouri district in wee hours today,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said, adding that “no casualty or damage was reported”.
“Our side retaliated appropriately but no casualty or damage was reported,” Lt Col Mehta added.
Incidentally, the firing by Pakistani soldiers came on a day when India and Pakistan agreed to end ceasefire violations in their border forces DG-level meet in New Delhi.
Earlier on Friday, both sides maintained that the dialogue was held in a very cordial and smooth manner and all the issues concerning the two countries along the Indo-Pak border were taken up and addressed. The formal agreement to that effect was signed on Saturday.
The Pakistan Rangers and BSF decided to pursue new Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) by having regular exchange of sporting and cultural troupes.
The BSF on its part had firmly put forth an agenda of stopping ceasefire violations, cross-border infiltration, smuggling of narcotics and construction of unauthorised defence structures by Pakistan on the frontier.
“I wouldn’t say anything beyond that the talks went on in a very cordial manner and we are happy about it… Talks are meant to end the animosity and I am very happy with talks. It has progressed in a positive atmosphere,” BSF Director General DK Pathak said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too had met the 16-member Pakistani delegation where he emphasised that India was keen on having cordial relations with Pakistan.
“India wants friendly relations with all its neighbours. India will not fire the first bullet towards Pakistan along the border,” Rajnath Singh told the delegation of Pakistan Rangers, headed by Director General Maj. Umar Farooq Burki.
(With inputs from the PTI)