Tension at border again; Pak continues to fire at LoC

RSTV Bureau

AFSPA-genThe tension between India and Pakistan is not giving any signs of abating, even as the latter on Sunday moved a proposal for NSA-level talks later this month. Pakistani troops have once again violated the ceasefire understanding by firing on several forward posts in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night. The Indian army too retaliated to an unprovoked firing from across the border.

“Pakistani troops have been resorting to unprovoked small arms firing in forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Krishnagati, Mandi, Balakote and Pallanwala sectors since 2130 hours tonight,” a defence spokesman told the news agency late on Sunday night.

According to the defence spokesperson, the Army troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) took positions and retaliated effectively resulting in exchange of firing. While Krishnagati and Mandi sectors fall in Poonch, Balakote and Pallanwala are in Rajouri and Jammu respectively. As per the latest reports, no loss of life had been reported thus far.

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File: Elite commandos of Punjab police after successful 12-hour long encounter against 3 attackers last week. Photo – PTI

Earlier on Sunday night, the Pakistani rangers too resorted to firing of mortar bombs on border out-posts (BoPs) along the International Border (IB) in Jammu district. Meanwhile, the Border Security Force (BSF) troops guarding the borderline observed calm by not retaliating to the ceasefire violation.

“Pakistan Rangers resorted to firing of two mortar bombs on BoPs along the IB in RS Pura sector around 10.40 PM last night,” a senior BSF officer had said earlier in the day.

For nearly a month, ceasefire violations by the Pakistan forces has sparked off a tension between the two nations, which got further aggravated after the fidayeen attack in Gurdaspur in Punjab killing 8 people early last week. The Union government has claimed that the three attackers, who fired at the locals and stormed the police station in Gurdaspur, had come from Pakistani side.

In another development, continuing on its commitment chalked out at the meeting of PM Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Ufa last month, India had sent a proposal of NSA-level meeting on August 23-24 in New Delhi.

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File photo of PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif at Ufa, Russia. The two leaders held a delegation level meeting on June 10 on the sidelines of SCO summit. Photo – PTI

Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said of receiving a proposal from India for a meeting between National Security Advisors of the two countries, according to the national radio of Pakistan.

Indian authorities are expected to take up the issue of cross-border terrorism, bail for Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and other security issues of mutual concern during the proposed NSA-level talks.

(With inputs from the PTI)