Ceasefire violation: Pakistan targets Indian forward posts, two wounded

Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired at Indian positions in Mendhar sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, in yet another violation of the bilateral ceasefire, a defence spokesman said.

Updated: Sep 17, 2013, 20:59 PM IST

Jammu: A BSF jawan was injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again, resorting to unprovoked and heavy firing and rocket attacks on three forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian troops to retaliate effectively.
Constable Mohmmad Abu Siddiqi was injured when Pakistan troops opened firing from heavy machine guns (HMGs) and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) on Indian forward posts along LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district 11:30pm, BSF officials said on Tuesday.

BSF troops guarding the forward belt retaliated by firing 98 rounds of medium machine guns (MMGs) and 34 grenades of AGL, resulting in exchanges which continued for few hours, officials said.

The injured jawan was hospitalised, they said, adding that splinters in his body have been removed and he is now out of danger.

"Pakistani troops also fired on Indian forward posts in Mendhar around 9:25pm last night," defence spokesperson, SN Acharya said, adding that India gave calibrated reply without any loss of life or injury to anyone.
On September 15, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice at night in Mandi and Garhi sectors of Poonch, with firing exchanges continuing next morning, and also fired on forward posts along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch from 06:25am to 10:00am on the same day.

There have been over 90 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops since January 1.

Six jawans were killed and 13 people injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops in forward posts, civilian areas and patrol parties along the border in August.