Pakistan Army Violates LoC Truce 3 Times In Single Day

18 July 2008
Times Of India


New Delhi: Is the Pakistan army trying to blow the almost five-year-old ceasefire along the border to smithereens? It certainly seems so, with Pakistani soldiers opening cross-border fire three times in separate incidents, which left an Indian soldier injured, along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir on Thursday. Even before Thursday, Pakistani troops have already broken the ceasefire at least four times in the last two-three months. That the cross-border firings often come during infiltration bids also points to the fact that Pakistan army could well be back to its old strategy of providing 'covering fire' to militants trying to sneak into J&K. The first incident on Thursday took place in the Gurez sector of north Kashmir around 9am when Pakistani forces fired 'two bursts of small arms' at an Indian post opposite Chakwali. 'We did not retaliate... there was no damage,' said an officer. The second violation occurred when around 20 rounds were fired at an Indian post in the Bimbergali sector, opposite the Pakistani post in Nikial area, at 11.30am. 'One of our NCOs (non-commissioned officer) was hit and rushed to the military hospital,' the officer said. Around 1.30am, another 40 rounds were fired in the same sector at a different post, with Indian troops retaliating this time to the cross-border firing. 'There were no casualties,' he added.