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Ceasefire violation: Pakistani forces fire mortars along LoC in Poonch and Rajouri, Indian forces retaliate

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | June 13, 2014

A day before the arrival of Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on his two day maiden visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, the Pakistani troops resorted to mortar shelling at nearly half a dozen places in Bhimber Gali (BG) sector falling in Rajouri district on Friday morning.

Some of the shells even fell in residential areas, causing panic among local villagers. Though there was no loss of life or damage to property, a buffalo was injured.

A Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Maneesh Mehta here said that Pakistani troops started firing mortars and rockets on the Indian side around 7.30 am. The Indian Army also retaliated and the exchange of fire stopped after 25 minutes. There was no casualty or damage to property on the Indian side.

The Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also wrote on social networking site Twitter that  ‘significant ceasefire violation in Rajouri and Poonch, with reports of some shells having landed in civilian areas. Some livestock loss’. In another tweet, he asked whether it is just a coincidence that ceasefire violation has taken place when Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is visiting the statetomorrow.

Significantly, the ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops came in an area adjoining to Balakote sector of Poonch where one Army jawan had died and a Major among eight soldiers injured in twin blasts triggered by terrorists near the LoC on Thursday. In the first blast apparently caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), an Army jawan was killed and three others injured when they were doing patrolling along the LoC at Tarkundi.

However, in yet another explosion near the Line of Control the same evening in Jammu and Kashmir, an Army Major was among five Indian soldiers injured at Tarkundi in Poonch district last evening.

Significantly, the second explosion came in the same area around 5.30 pm, nearly nine hours after the first blast killed a soldier and injured three others there on Thursday morning. Both the IED and the landmine had been planted by terrorists who appear to have come from across the LoC taking advantage of the deployment of a new army unit in the area.

The deceased have been identified as Sepoy Shankar Singh of 20 JAT and the injured as Major K K Bhatia of 66 Engineering Regiment, Havaldar Sushil Kumar, Launce Naik Mohinder Singh, besides Sukhwinder, Shailender Prakash and Shibu Ram Singh –all sepoys. They belonged to 20 JAT and 6 Rajputana Rifles.

An alert has been sounded in the area and massive searches launched to check any more explosive device planted by terrorists in the area. Senior army officers have rushed there following second explosion there within less than nine hourbesiuds.

Sources said that terrorists appear to have got a chance to sneak into the Indian territory as the existing 20 JAT Regiment was being replaced by 6 Rajputana Rifles in the area. General lytheprocess takes over some days as the moving out unit has to brief the new one about geographical location,  traditional infiltration routes and other strategic locations.

Though such explosions by Pakistan troops or terrorists have not been new along the LoC, the twoon Thursday came nearly a week after Pakistan Prime  Minister Nawaz Sharif in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi wrote that he looked forward to working with him to resolve all unsettled issues. Moreover, both the explosions took place when the Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley is coming to the state on a two day visit beginning Saturday to review situation.

 

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Updated: May 21, 2014 18:20 IST

Pakistan again violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

n yet another violation of ceasefire, Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing a retaliation from Indian guards.

There was no death, injury or damage to anyone on the Indian side of the LoC in the exchange of fire that took place last night, a defence spokesperson said.

This is the ninth incident of ceasefire violation in the past four weeks along the LoC.

“Pakistani troops resorted to firing from automatic and small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 2305 hours late last night,” the spokesperson said hereon Wednesday.

Troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said, adding, “firing exchanges continued for a brief period till 2310 hours.”

Pakistani troops had on May 16 resorted to firing in the same Krishna Ghati sector.

On May 13, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire in Poonch’s KG sector. On May 11, a ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector was reported. Pakistani troops had resorted to firing on Indian posts along the LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Poonch district from 11.30pm.

Eight days earlier, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district and on May 3 in Mendhar in Poonch.

In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the highest number of ceasefire violations (149) and firing by Pakistani troops on forwards post, civilian areas and patrolling parties along the Indo-Pak border.

Army officials said the ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan were aimed to help militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border from the “launching pads” along LoC where they are waiting to crossover.

There are also inputs that bids to engineer attacks by Pakistan’s “Border Action Team’ (BAT) on forward posts and patrolling parties are being planned from across the border, they said.

There has been three attacks and infiltration bids along LoC by militants during past four weeks.

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Updated: May 17, 2014 16:26 IST

Pakistan violates ceasefire again amid stepped up infiltration bids

Pakistani troops again violated ceasefire along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district by targeting Indian posts, the eighth incident in the last three weeks.

“Pakistani troops resorted again to firing from automatic and small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from 1935 hours yesterday,” a defence spokesperson said in Jammu on Saturday.

Troops guarding the borderline retaliated resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said, adding, “firing exchanges continued for a brief period till 1940 hours”.

There was no casualty or damage on this side of the LoC due to the firing, the spokesperson said.

This is the eight incident of ceasefire violation in the past over three weeks.

On April 13, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district’s KG sector. On May 11, there was a ceasefire violation in Krishna Ghati sector of the same district by targeting Indian posts.

On May 10, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Poonch district from 2230 hours.

Five days prior to that, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to firing from automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district from 2330 hours during the night.

On May 3, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar in Poonch district without causing loss of life or injury.

On April 28, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali in Rajouri district.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on April 25, by firing with small arms and mortars on Indian posts in Doda battalion areas along the LoC in Poonch district.

Army officials said that the ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistan were aimed to help militants infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the border from the “launching pads” along LoC where they are waiting to crossover.

There are also inputs that bids to engineer attacks by Pakistan’s “Border Action Team’ (BAT) on forward posts and patrolling parties are being planned from across the border, they said.

In 2013, 12 jawans were killed and 41 injured in the highest number of ceasefire violations (149) and firing by Pakistan troops on forwards post, civilian areas and patrolling parties along Indo-Pak border.

There have been two infiltration bids along LoC in Poonch district in last one weekOn May 10, two militants were killed when Army troops foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kalsia belt of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir in which one jawan suffered injuries.Troops foiled another infiltration bid along LoC on May 3 in Sawjian belt of Poonch district.

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Army jawan killed, two others injured in firing by Pak troops along LoC

Written by Manu Pubby | Jammu | May 19, 2014 10:06 pm

 

A series of daring, broad daylight attacks by a mixed team of Pakistan-backed terrorists and suspected regular troops has thrown up questions on defences along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Jammu area, even as intelligence inputs suggest that such activities are likely to increase in the coming days and are linked to the change of government at the Centre.

Sepoy Bhikale Uttam Balu of the 2 Maratha Light Infantry (MLI) was killed and two others injured in an attack along the LoC in Akhnoor on Sunday. Sources said the attack is a cause of serious worry and there could be a slip-up in defences at a time when extreme caution is needed.

According to sources, a Border Action Team that is likely to have consisted of Pakistani regulars infiltrated almost a kilometre inside Indian territory and planted a mine to target a patrol party of the MLI. Dismissing speculations that it may have been an old mine, officials said the explosive was planted deliberately to target the patrol.

Besides the mine blast that killed Balu, the patrol reportedly faced small arms fire from a group of unidentified armed personnel who were waiting in ambush. What has come as a surprise is that the attack was carried out in broad daylight, at around 10:30 am, and the infiltrating party could not be identified in advance by the range of sensors and cameras on the LoC.

“A search of the area yielded Pakistan-made mines and other equipment which clearly suggests involvement of Pakistan and terrorists from across the LoC,” said an Army spokesperson. Intelligence inputs suggest the action was carried out by a group similar to the one involved in the January 2013 attack in Mendhar, in which two Indian soldiers were killed, including one who was beheaded.

The Akhnoor attack, said officials, is the latest in a series of daring attacks that have been carried out on the LoC. On Sunday itself, another attack was carried out in the Rajouri sector that was almost identical in approach to the Akhnoor action. At 8:30 am, an intruding party of armed men tried to target an Indian Army patrol with an IED, before unleashing small arms fire. The attack was foiled, but no casualties were inflicted on the intruding team.

On May 10, a Gorkha battalion posted in Poonch was attacked by infiltrating militants, but at least two of them were killed after action by a jawan that ended with hand-to-hand combat. Intelligence inputs suggest that the coming days may see an upswing of attacks on the LoC, not all necessarily planned to infiltrate troops.

As per Indian estimates, of the 42 terror training camps near the LoC, at least 17 are active and conduct armed training for militants. While ceasefire violations have been less this year as compared to the same period in 2013, the terror infrastructure apparatus is intact in PoK.

 

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Pakistan violates ceasefire, opens unprovoked firing at LoC

IANS | May 4, 2014, 10.44AM IST

 

JAMMU: Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, an official said on Sunday.

“The Pakistani troops violated the bilateral ceasefire resorting to unprovoked firing at our positions on the LoC in Mendhar sector. The firing started at 11.30pm on Saturday night,” defence spokesman Col Manish Mehta told IANS.

“The Pakistani troops used small arms and automatics in the firing. The Indian troops responded with equal calibre weapons,” Mehta said.

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