After a Short break, Pak violates ceasefire again

SansadTV Bureau

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After a brief lull, Pakistan again violated the ceasefire on Saturday by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from India.

Pakistani troops resorted to firing on forward Indian posts along LoC in Banwat sector of Poonch district from 1300 hours, a senior Army officer told.

Indian troops guarding the border took positions and retaliated resulting in exchanges which were going on when last reports came from the area, he said

There was no loss of life on our side, the officer said.

The last instance of firing by Pakistan along the 192-km IB was when its Rangers targeted four BSF Border Outposts in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district for 20 minutes on Thursday night.

The LoC has witnessed heavy firing from October 1-9 that has left eight persons dead and 90 people injured, including 13 security-men.

Besides that, over 32,000 people have fled from their border homes leaving 113 hamlets deserted along the International Border.

India and Pakistan troops traded heavy fire along the border on the intervening night of October 7 and 8 after Pakistan Rangers shelled almost the entire International Border (IB) by targeting 60 Border Outposts and over 130 border hamlets in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in which 15 people including 3 BSF jawans were injured.

There have been over three dozen ceasefire violations along the IB since October 1.

Injured in ceasefire to live with splinters

Life will never be same for some of those injured in the cross-border firing as they will have to live with the splinters inside their bodies as it was not medically feasible to remove them, doctors say.

Over 60 injured admitted at the GMC&H Jammu have received splinter injuries in various parts of their bodies, the hospital officials said.

“It is not possible to remove all the splinters from the body of the people who were injured in the ceasefire violation,” said Dr Mohinder Singh a surgeon treating the victims of the cross border shelling at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu.