Repeated Ceasefire Violation by Pak troops along LoC

Jammu: BSF personnel keeping a tight vigil at the International Border. Photo - PTI

Jammu: BSF personnel keeping a tight vigil at the International Border.
Photo – PTI

Amid spike in tension at the borders, Pakistan troops violated the ceasefire four times on Monday targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The ceasefire violation drew strong retaliation from the Indian troops as Pakistan soldiers resorted to 120 mm mortar bombs and opened fire with automatic weapons.

According to the reports thus far, Pakistan shelled posts along the LoC in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district.

“Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district from 1345 hours today,” Defence Spokesman Col Manish Mehta said. “They fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms,” he said, adding the exchanges are going on.

Earlier Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Poonch using small arms, automatic and mortar bombs (in Shahpur) in Poonch, the officer briefed.

“It has appropriately been responded to, we have given them a befitting reply. The ceasefire violation is still on”, he said.

Pakistani troops had earlier briefly opened fire in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district around 0100 hours, officials said.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

File Photo of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Deputy Commissioner of Poonch, Mohmmad Harun Malik said that as per reports from the border area, two civilian has suffered minor injuries.

There have been four ceasefire violations on Monday alone and 10 since the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29. Pakistan had opened fire in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district yesterday evening.

On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC this sector. There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and firing of Heavy Machine guns (HMGs) and small arms firing targeting forward positions along LoC in Pallanwala,Chhamb areas.

Speaking to the press while on tour to Ladakh, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said security forces were giving a “befitting reply” to such attempts by Pakistan-based terrorist groups.

“Our security forces are giving a befitting reply,” he told reporters here when asked about the attacks on security forces by militants in the state.

(With inputs from the PTI)