Not far from Gurdaspur, Pak violates ceasefire again

RSTV Bureau

Gurdaspur: Police personnel taking positions during an encounter with militants who attacked a police station at Dinanagar in Gurdaspur district on Monday. Photo – PTI

Even as the security forces grappled with the terrorist attack in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, tension at the borders resurfaced with Pakistan Rangers targeting the border outposts in Jammu. According to the BSF official, Pakistan Rangers resorted to small arms firing on BoPs along the International Border (IB) in Arnia sector of Jammu district. However, no casualties were reported.

BSF troops on its part exercised restraint and did not reply to the firing, the BSF official told a news agency.

In the month of July alone, there have been more than 13 ceasefire violations by Pakistan along Indo-Pak border resulting into a death of one elderly woman and injuries to number of people, including the security personnel.

A high level alert has been declared by the Government of India in the wake of Fidayeen attack in Punjab early on Monday morning. Seven people were killed in the attack in Gurdaspur district, which also shares an International Border with Pakistan.

For the last few days, the border along Jammu region has witnessed considerable tension, which began with the ceasefire violation by the Pakistan Rangers in the first week of July. The BSF too had retaliated strongly to the shelling and heavy firing from the Pakistan side early this month.

The repeated ceasefire violation also added to the already fragile contours of relations between India and Pakistan, with Indian authorities lodging a strong protest with Pakistan.

Even the Indian envoy in Pakistan had registered a strong protest in Islamabad earlier this month over the issue of ceasefire violation.

While, the Pakistan authorities too had alleged violation of its territory by an alleged Indian “spy” drone. Pakistan army had claimed to have “brought down” a drone that was being used for aerial photography near the Line of Control (LoC). But the Indian Army as well as the Indian Air Force had denied that any of their drones was shot down or crashed.

(With inputs from the PTI)