Another ceasefire violation in Poonch

Another ceasefire violation in Poonch

19 January 2010
The Daily Excelsior


JAMMU: Pakistan Army today again violated cease-fire, second time in last two days, on the Line of Control (LoC) at forward village of Kanari in Sabjian sector of Poonch district apparently in a bid to push infiltrators into this side. The firing which started at 2 pm from Pakistan Armyís forward post TCP continued uninterruptedly till 4.30 pm. After that it was going on intermittently till late this evening. Official sources said Pakistan troops fired two rockets followed by firing with LMGs and MMGs from TCP and all adjoining posts targeting forward Indian posts of FDL and others in Kanari area of Sabjian sector in Poonch district at 2 pm. Several forward posts of Indian Army were targeted in heavy firing by Pakistani troops. Firing, according to sources, continued till 4.30 pm. Indian side didnít retaliated to maintain cease-fire. No casualties or damage was reported in Pakistan firing. Sources said the area was engulfed by fog even during the day and there was a possibility that Pakistan firing was aimed at infiltrating militants from nearby forward villages under the cover of firing. However, alert troops on this side didnít allow the militants to infiltrate. Even after 4.30 pm, Pakistan Army continued small arms firing intermittently till late tonight when the reports last came in. This was second incident of open cease-fire violation by Pakistan Army in Poonch district during last two days. Only yesterday, Pakistan troops had resorted to firing at Krishna Ghati sector. According to sources, Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is reported to have brought a number of militants very close to the LoC with a view to push them into this side. Unable to succeed, Pakistan troops had been targeting forward Indian posts in desperation. On the International Border (IB) also, Pakistan Rangers had been daily trying to push infiltrators into this side. Yesterday, the ultras had attempted to intrude into this side twice from Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil but failed. Sources anticipated more infiltration attempts by the militants from both LoC and IB in the coming days with active connivance of Pakistan Army and Rangers. However, they said, the troops were on high alert to thwart intrusion bids.


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