Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pakistan violates ceasefire for 11th time in five days; one civilian injured - Daily News & Analysis

In yet another ceasefire violation along the Line of Control, the eleventh in past five days, a civilian in Poonch was injured in an explosion of mortar shell fired by Pakistani troops, who targeted several Indian forward posts and civilian areas.

This resulted in heavy exchange of fire between the two sides and further escalation of tension.

There was firing by Pakistani forces along the LoC on several Indian forward posts in Balakote belt of Poonch district from 7.30 am on Thursday, officials said.

They fired automatic weapons and mortar shells, one of which resulted in injury to a civilian Parvaiz in Sanjote forward area.

He was admitted to a nearby hospital, and is being shifted to Government Medical College in Jammu, officials said.

At around 9 PM last night, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire and fired on Indian posts along LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district, Defence Spokesperson S N Acharya said today.

They fired automatic weapons and medium mortar shells.

Indian troops fired back, resulting in exchanges that continued till around 11 PM, he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

There were two ceasefire violations on August 13, when Pak troops targeted Narianpur border outpost along the international border in Samba district and 16 Indian forward posts in Hamirpur, Balakote and Mankote forward areas in Poonch through the night.

Before that, three ceasefire violations had taken place on August 12 when Pakistani troops fired on border outposts and Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Durga battalion (Poonch), Kothay (Samba) and Hamirpur-Balakote forward areas.

In the early hours of the same day, at around 1.40 AM, Pakistani troops opened heavy fire using mortars, rockets and small arms on 11 Indian forward posts along the LoC in Digwar, Mankote and Durga Battalion areas.

It continued till 7.30 AM next day, triggering heavy exchanges in Poonch.

There were three incidents of ceasefire violation on August 11 also.

Pak troops, at around 8.30 AM, 11.30 AM and 9.50 PM, had fired on Alfa Machial border outpost in Jammu, Balakote-Mendhar in Poonch and Durga Battalion in Poonch district respectively.

One Jawan had received bullet injuries in Pak firing at Alfa Machial border outpost, and was referred to AIIMS, Delhi for treatment.

In a similar manner, a BSF head constable Ram Niwas Meena of 200th Battalion was injured in snipper firing on Narainpur border outpost area in Samba district along the international border on August 5.

Meena, who suffered bullet injury in chest, died at AIIMS, New Delhi on August 11.

On August 10, in a major ceasefire violation three days after killing of five Indian jawans in Border Action Team attack, Pakistani troops targeted several Indian posts and fired 7,000 rounds of heavy Pika ammunition and mortar shells during seven hours of firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

Pakistan troops, in BAT attack on Indian Patrol near Sarla Post along LoC in Poonch district and killed 5 jawans and injured another.

There has also been 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops this year from January 1 to August 5, which is 80 per cent more than the last year during the same corresponding period.
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