After IB, Pak Army Opens Firing On LoC

After IB, Pak Army Opens Firing On LoC

20 December 2013
The Daily Excelsior


Jammu: In second ceasefire violation during past 24 hours, Pakistani troops today resorted to firing on the Line of Control (LoC) at forward village of Gigriyal in Jourian area in Akhnoor sector this afternoon. The ceasefire violation came ahead of a crucial meeting of the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the India and Pakistan aimed at easing tensions along the ceasefire line, which was scheduled to be held on December 24. There was a firing of Rocket Projectile Guns (RPGs), automatic weapons and small arms from across the border on forward Indian posts at Gigriyal in Jourian area of Akhnoor sector at 2.20 pm today, Defence Spokesman S N Acharya said. The firing and shelling was targeted towards Gigriyal forward belt, he said. Army troops guarding the border belt gave a calibrated response by resorting to retaliatory firing, he said, adding that firing exchanges continued for more than 10 minutes. There was no loss of life or injury to any one in the firing on this side of the border, Mr Acharya said. Official sources said no reasons could be ascertained behind the firing and ceasefire violation from Pakistan side. “There was no infiltration attempt by the militants during firing from Pakistan side,” sources said, adding it indicated that Pakistan Army was deliberately trying to aggravate the situation on the LoC as well as International Border (IB) ahead of December 24 level talks between DGMOs of India and Pakistan at Wagah border in Amritsar district of Punjab. Only on December 18, the Army officials of India and Pakistan had held a flag meeting at the LoC at Chakan-Da-Bagh in Poonch sector to discuss situation on the LoC. They had also exchanged sweets. For past more than a month, a virtual peace was prevailing along the LoC and IB in Jammu region, which was shattered by Pakistan yesterday with firing at Manyari area of Hiranagar sector in Kathua district in which a Border Security Force (BSF) Sub Inspector Jatinder Singh was injured. It was second incident of ceasefire violation in two days along Indo-Pak border in Jammu after yesterday’s ceasefire violation in Hiranagar. There was no incident of ceasefire violations since the flag meeting between Pak Rangers and BSF authorities on October 29 after intensified firing and heavy shelling for over a fortnight in which a BSF jawan was killed and 30 others, including 17 civilians, were injured. The firing and shelling incidents have taken place ahead of the December 24 meeting of the DGMOs of the two nations to discuss ways to prevent ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has committed ceasefire violations 195 times along the Line of Control so far this year, more than twice than the last year. The numbers of ceasefire violations by the Pakistani side in 2012, 2011, 2010 were 93, 51 and 44 respectively.