All Quiet On The Frontier, Not In J&K
27 November 2003
The Times of India
New Delhi: The ceasefire between the Indian and Pakistan forces held for the second day on Thursday, but violence flared anew in Jammu and Kashmir as a grenade explosion killed one person in downtown Srinagar, while five militants were gunned down in encounters elsewhere in the state. No major flare-ups were reported from any sector along the 198-km International Border in J&K, the 778-km Line of Control and the 150-km Actual Ground Position Line in Siachen. The security forces, however, continued with their stepped up counter-insurgency operations in the state.'Our acceptance of the ceasefire is without any prejudice to counter-infiltration measures and anti-terrorist operations,' said additional director-general (public information) at Army HQ, Maj-Gen Deepak Summanwar. The Army chief, General N C Vij, will be visiting the border areas on Friday to review the situation. An Army spokesman said the frequency of the weekly hotline contact between the Indian and Pakistani DGMOs (directors-general of military operations) will only be increased if the need arises to clarify certain issues or remove misunderstandings. In Srinagar, one person was killed and 12 injured when militants threw a grenade at a BSF picket near Amirkadal bridge in the business centre of Lal Chowk in the afternoon. The grenade missed the target and exploded on the road. Security forces shot dead four militants when they raided a hideout in Udhampur. In another encounter in Mahore area of Udhampur district, one Lashker-e- Toiba militant was killed on Wednesday, the sources said. Militants also attacked an Army patrol party in Surankote area of Poonch district and shot dead one jawan. On setting up a mechanism to monitor the ceasefire, the spokesman said: 'The troops deployed on the border and the area police force continue to monitor the situation as usual.' With the booming guns in artillery duels coming to a halt, the Army is planning to speed up the work on the construction of nearly 198 km of fencing along the International Border and around 530 km along the Line of Control.