Spurt in ceasefire violations on LoC, international border in J&K: BSF

Spurt in ceasefire violations on LoC, international border in J&K: BSF

Chandigarh: There has been a spurt in ceasefire violations in last two weeks on the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir "which are happening on daily basis," a senior BSF official said here.

"This shows desperation by ISI and Pakistan forces to push their terrorists into Indian territory under the cover of fire by attempting to pin down Indian security forces," Special Director General (West) of BSF, Rajdip Singh, in Mohali district said in a statement.

"Ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces are not a new phenomenon. The ceasefire on the LoC with Pakistan in J&K came into effect on November 26, 2003. Pakistani forces are regularly and blatantly violating the ceasefire now and then," he said.

"But in the recent past, there has been a spurt in ceasefire violations. Since May, 31 ceasefire violations in Jammu region and eight violations on LoC in Kashmir region have taken place. BSF troops have given a befitting and calibrated response to these violations," he added.

Singh said Pakistani troops were not just targeting Indian posts but also villages along the border. He said it was trying to push as many militants as possible into Indian territory before the mountain passes of Himalayas were closed due to onset of winter.

The recent ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army/Rangers on BSF posts in Jammu and Kashmir through BAT (Border Action Teams) took place in various areas including Nowgaon (four), Kupwara (three), Rajouri (19), I.Nagar (seven) and one each in Bandipora, Jammu and S.Bani.

"Such type of attacks by BAT in near future cannot be ruled out," Singh said.

PTI

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