India Accuses Pakistan Of Violating Ceasefire

India Accuses Pakistan Of Violating Ceasefire

27 July 2013
Times of India
Sanjay Khajuria & Omer Farooq Khan

Jammu: India on Saturday accused Pakistan troops of violating the ceasefire twice by firing at BSF posts near the international border in Samba and across the LoC in Poonch, nearly 250km away, with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy and small fire. Pakistani troops resorted to 'unprovoked' firing at a BSF post at Hiranagar in Samba sector injuring a jawan, said a BSF officer on condition of anonymity. He said the small and medium arms firing started at 5.30pm. This was the second ceasefire violation within a span of ten hours. Pak troops targeted Indian posts across the LoC in Poonch around 7.30am on Saturday. 'Indian troops retaliated. There was heavy exchange of fire which continued intermittently till last reports came in,' said Jammu-based defence spokesman Col RK Palta. He said there was no loss of life or injury on the Indian side. But Pakistan blamed Indian troops for killing one of its soldiers and seriously injuring another in 'unprovoked' firing along the line of control (LoC) in PoK's Rawalkot area. 'It's unfortunate that such an incident should have taken place at a time when the two governments are making sincere efforts towards improving relations,' said a statement of Pak foreign office. The Pakistan army identified the slain soldier as Asim Iqbal from Rawalpindi's Chawarian village in a statement. It said Naik Mohammad Khan was critically wounded in the firing. Defense sources in Jammu said this was the fifth ceasefire violation along the LoC since July 1 when Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts in Poonch. On July 8, Pak troops fired on Indian soldiers trying to evacuate an injured porter following an IED blast along the LoC in the same area. Tensions between the two countries escalated after two Indian soldiers were killed and mutilated along the LoC in January. Pakistan said four of its soldiers were killed in cross-LoC firing around that time.