Ceasefire violations: Pakistan must shun terrorism to talk peace, says BJP

In the backdrop of the ongoing ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, Bharatiya Janata Party's spokesperson Sambit Patra on Monday served a stern warning to the neighbouring nation to shun terrorism to make for peace.     

Updated: Oct 06, 2014, 23:05 PM IST

New Delhi: In the backdrop of the ongoing ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops, Bharatiya Janata Party's national spokesperson Sambit Patra on Monday served a stern warning to the neighbouring nation to shun terrorism to make for peace.  

Using strong language, Patra said, “We believe in peaceful co-existence, Pakistan must shun terrorism if they want talks.”  

Meanwhile, Pak troops continued breaching the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) tonight by resorting to unprovoked firing and shelling in Jammu and Kashmir.

At least five people were killed and 25 others injured in a ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Arnia sector.

"Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy and unprovoked firing and shelling of mortars on 10 corder outposts (BoPs) and civilian areas along international border (IB) in Arnia belt of Jammu district from 10 PM last night," a BSF spokesman said.

In one of the worst ceasefire violations by Pakistan, five villagers were killed and 34 injured today in heavy mortar shelling and firing from across the International Border and Line of Control in the Jammu and Poonch sectors of J&K.

Pakistani troops engaged in heavy and unprovoked firing and shelling on 10 border outposts and civilian areas along the IB in Arnia belt of Jammu district starting 10 PM yesterday night continuing into the morning today, a BSF spokesman said.

BSF troops retaliated effectively, he said, adding that intermittent firing exchanges were on in the area when reports last came in.

SSP (Jammu) Uttam Chand said that five persons were killed and 34 others injured as several hamlets were hit by the shelling.

Giving a buffeting reply to Pakistan, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today deplored the ceasefire violations by its neighbour and said the Indian armed forces were "fully ready" and are responding to each of these provocations from across the border.

He told Pakistan that it should realise that the kind of environment it was generating between the two countries was certainly not going to help in normalising relations.

However, Pakistan's former president and military ruler General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, yesterday, had blamed India for ceasefire violations along LoC saying it should stop testing the "patience and resolve" of Pakistani Army.

Musharraf, who is facing a treason case in the Supreme Court, had said, "Regular ceasefire violations on the LoC by the Indians is not good for the region and deplorable."

With Agency inputs