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Pakistan fires at 25 Indian posts along international border

Last Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:59

Zee Media Bureau

Jammu: Pakistani troops opened fire at twenty five Indian border posts at different places along international border in Jammu and Kashmir Friday night, reports said on Saturday.

The Indian Army also retaliated with heavy fire and foiled multiple infiltrations attempts. Reports suggest that a militant was injured in the crossfire.

Two BSF jawans were on Friday injured as Pakistani troops opened fire at ten border out posts and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts.

Violating the ceasefire, the Pakistani rangers fired on border out posts and forward civilian areas along International Border in RS Pura, Pargwal, Samba, Jugnu Chak areas of Jammu and Samba districts, police said.

“They resorted to firing along IB in Kharkota, Kharkal, AMK, Mangral of R S Pura sub sector, Regal and Rajpora in Samba sector and Nikowal BoPs,” police added.

In Nikowal BoP, two BSF constables Gangan Thakur and Hasda were injured and hospitalized.

In the backdrop of the increased ceasefire violations by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit forward areas along the IB on October 22 to review the security situation.

Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire twice on October 15 by firing on Hamirpur-BhimbherGali sub-sector along LoC and Balakote forward areas along LoC in Poonch district, killing an Army jawan.

On October 14, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice and resorted to firing along Poonch LoC and also Katav BoP along IB in Samba district, leaving a BSF jawan injured.

While the BSF is posted on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, the army guards the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in the state.

India has been accusing Pakistan of frequent violations of the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed by the two countries in November 2003.

In Jammu region alone, Pakistan has this year so far violated the ceasefire agreement more than 100 times.

Tension is growing in villages close to the LoC and the international border in Jammu and Kashmir because of trans-border firing this year.

Residents at many such places are reported to have shifted families to safer locations away from the border.

J&K Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand yesterday directed civil and police administration to be fully geared up in dealing with any eventuality arising out of frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the international border in the Jammu region.

He said in view of the recent firing on international border in Pargwal and R.S. Pura sectors, the administration should be ready with contingency plan and all-out efforts should be made to provide aid to those injured in the firing.

First Published: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 09:59
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