India lodges strong protest with Pak

India lodges strong protest with Pak

9 October 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan Army over daylight ceasefire violation at Peer Badesar in Keri sector of Rajouri district on October 7. Amid the cover of firing by Pakistan Army, a group of Pathan militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit had tried to infiltrate into Indian territory but the Army personnel thwarted the attempt. Official sources said the Army officials lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over hotline on giving cover to the infiltrators, who had reached right up to the Line of Control (LoC) at Mitti Dhara in Peer Badesar area of Keri sector. The Army officers pointed out to Pakistani officials that movement of Pathan militants was clearly visible on Pakistan side till they reached the LoC and made an attempt to intrude into Indian side. Troops from this side had neutralized the militants and made them run away. Sources said Pakistan Army, as usual, denied their hand in abetting infiltration. They also ruled out ceasefire violation from their side saying the firing might have been resorted to be the militants. The infiltrators had opened firing and triggered two powerful blasts at the LoC to divert attention of the Army with an apparent view to sneak into this side but had failed in their plot due to timely action by the troops on this side. The Indian side has warned Pakistan that any fresh infiltration attempt by the militants with or without the support of Pakistan Army would be strongly thwarted. This was for the first time that a big group of Pathan militants had tried to infiltrate into Indian territory during day time from the LoC in Rajouri sector. They were well equipped with arms and explosives. During infiltration attempt by the Pakistani militants, troops from across the LoC had resorted to firing on Indian positions, violating ceasefire. Troops along the LoC in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri have been maintaining a very high alert following reports that a number of militants of LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits were camping on Pakistan side close to forward pickets awaiting an opportunity to sneak into this side. Several senior Army officers and Intelligence agencies have already confirmed presence of militants on Pakistan side, who wanted to enter into this side at any cost. These militants were making attempts from different sectors of the LoC but have not succeeded so far in infiltration, sources said. They added that Army authorities were anticipating a surge in intrusion bids in the coming days as Pakistan Army would try to push as many militants as possible into Indian territory before onset of winter and snowfall in upper reaches, which would close some passes, which could be used to present for intrusions.


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