Pak violates ceasefire along LoC

Uneasy calm along international border

Pak violates ceasefire along LoC

Even as uneasy calm prevails along the International Border (IB) in Jammu region since Sunday, Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Monday.

Reports said Pakistan Army fired at two Indian forward posts in Sabjiyan of Poonch sector on the LoC. “Pakistan again violated the ceasefire by opening fire with automatic weapons at Indian forward posts and civilian areas in Sabjian on Monday afternoon in which one woman was injured,” reports said, adding the Indian Army strongly retaliated to the unprovoked firing.

However, no ceasefire violation was reported from the entire 198-km long IB from Kathua to Akhnoor in Jammu since Sunday. “Not even a single bullet or shell was fired by Pakistan on the entire 198-km IB last (Sunday) night .

The day also went off peacefully and there were no reports of any ceasefire violation till late (Monday) tonight when the reports last came in,” a senior BSF official told Deccan Herald.

The firing along the IB had stopped on the late evening of October 9 following strong retaliation by India. It had re-started from across the border in Arnia after two days on Saturday night injuring three people, and continued at intermittent intervals till early Sunday morning.

During last 12 days of shelling along the IB and LoC, eight civilians including five women have been killed and nearly 90 including Army and BSF personnel were injured.
Sources said the BSF has strengthened its presence all along the IB, notwithstanding temporary thaw in the shelling, and firing and was ready to retaliate any fresh ceasefire violations from Pakistan side.

Meanwhile, more than 30,000 villagers close to the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts continue to live in relief camps set up at places that are not vulnerable to Pakistan shelling.

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