2 Ceasefire Violations By Pak At Poonch, Uri27 October 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: In two ceasefire violations today, Pakistani troops pounded 10 Indian posts with mortar bombs and rockets and fired indiscriminately along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Uri sectors. The ceasefire violations within a gap of a couple of hours are the eighth in less than a month along the LoC and the fifth this month alone with the last incident occurring on Sunday. No casualties among the Indian troops were reported in today’s incidents unlike during the ceasfire violation on Sunday when Army jawan Moray Sehdev of 17 Mahar Regiment was killed after Indian posts were targeted with rockets in the Krishnagati sub-sector in Poonch. The ceasefire violations occurred when the 63rd Infantry day was being celebrated to mark the landing of the Indian Army in the Kashmir valley to beat back Tribal attack in 1948 to foil the designs of Pakistan. Armed with heavy guns and rocket launchers, Pakistani troops shelled Indian forward posts along LoC in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch district around 1630 hours, Brigadier General Staff (BGS), 16 Corps, Brig Satesh Dua said. Two to three posts came under unprovoked shelling and firing, he said. Indian troops guarding the LoC took position and retalaited leading to heavy exchanges till late in the evening, he said. Over 20 to 25 mortar bombs and rockets were fired on Indian side, he said, adding there was no casualties among the Indian troops. Pakistani troops fired from their Chuha, Pimple and Daku posts and targeted Indian forward posts of Kranti, Kripan-1, Chajja and Kripan-2 posts. The Army believed that ceasfire violation is a diversionary tactic to facilitate infiltration of militants from across the LoC before the onset of winter snow which blocks the Himalayan mountain passes. In the second ceasefire violation which was in the Valley, Pakistani troops fired towards Indian positions in Uri sector by resorting to unprovoked firing, an army spokesman said. 'Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing towards our positions in Uri sector this evening,' the spokesman said in Srinagar. He said there were no casualties in the firing. Today’s ceasefire violation is the seventh in less than a month along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani troops had fired mortars and rockets and opened indiscriminate fire on Indian posts in Krishna Ghati and Jallas sub-sectors of Poonch district on October 1 and 2. They had also opened fire in Kerni and KG sub-sectors in Poonch on Indian posts along LoC and violated ceasefire on September 28 and 29. Before that, the ceasefire was violated by Pakistani troops on August 18 and 19 in KG sector. Pakistani troops had also targeted six Indian posts with mortar, rockets and small arms fire in Poonch sector on the intervening night of July 15 and 16. Ceasefire violation also took place along International Border (IB) in R S Pura sub-sector’s Kharkhola and Bodla Border Out Posts (BOP) on July 15. There was no casualty on Indian side. Pakistani troops had fired at forward positions along the LoC in Krishna Ghati area on July 5 night. On July 9, Pakistani rangers had violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing along IB on Khawara BOP in Mawa belt of Samba district. Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on July 7 when they opened fire at the Chak Pagwari BOP in Pargwal in Jammu. On July 6, they had fired at Pindi, Mala Bela and Chak Phagwari BOP in which a BSF jawan was killed and a villager injured. Pakistani troops had also fired at the Chak Pagwari BOP on July 5 and killed BSF trooper Sultan Ali.