Another Pak Ceasefire Violation In 24 Hours, Heavy Firing Across LoC

Another Pak Ceasefire Violation In 24 Hours, Heavy Firing Across LoC

22 August 2012
Daily Bhaskar


Srinagar: In second incident of ceasefire violation within 24 hours, Pakistani troops yet again opened fire on Indian posts in Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir, triggering heavy gunbattle on Wednesday. According to reports, heavy firing exchanges erupted along the International border after Pakistani Rangers again violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian posts in the Samba sector. The fresh ceasefire violation comes just a day after heavy gunbattle between Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistani rangers in Akhnoor Sector in which one intruder was killed. The BSF opened retaliatory fire, reports said adding that the exchange of fire was underway from past two hours. In the wake of spurt in ceasefire violations, BSF has stepped up vigil along the international border. 15 ceasefire violations in 15 days This is the fifteenth time that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the international border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the last fortnight. On August 17, there was heavy cross-border small arms firing on Indian posts along IB in Abdullian and Korotona Border Out Posts (BoPS) from Pakistan in R S Pura sub-sector in which BSF jawan Chander Rai was killed. There were two firing incidents and ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Pansar Boder Out Post (BOP) along IB in Samba sector and Krishnagati forward belt along LoC barely on August 15. Pakistan troops had fired on Indian posts in Krishagati belt of Poonch sector on August 15 as India celebrated its Independence day. The firing had continued intermittently till the next day. On August 13, Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Arnia sector of Jammu district. On August 7, India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the International Border in the state in which two Jawans were injured. Pakistan has violated the ceasefire 37 times this year. There were 51 cases of ceasefire violation in 2011, 44 cases in 2010 and 28 in 2009. Pakistan troops had fired on several Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch district on August 8. On August 6, Pakistan troops had fired at Indian posts with rockets and using small arms fire to target BSF's Border outpost (BOP)of Pansar along IB in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district resulting in injuries to two BSF jawans. On the same day, Pakistan troops had opened indiscriminate fire on the forward posts along the LoC in Poonch sector and it continued intermittently for few hours as Army troops also replied. On August 5, Pakistan Rangers fired on Indian BOPs in Kote Kuba area along IB in R S Pura sector in Jammu district. The firings and ceasefire violations by Pakistan came close on the heels of detection of 400-meter long tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir's [ Images ] Samba sector on July 28 and subsequent lodging of strong protest over the issue on July 31.