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Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale summoned over killing of 7 Pakistan soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale in Islamabad, over the killings of seven Pakistani soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC) in retaliatory firings by Indian soldiers.Earlier today, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that seven Pakistani soldiers were killed at the Line of Control (LoC) in cross border firings by Indian soldiers late last night.Responding to Indian firing, said ISPR, Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts.”We strongly condemn continuous unprovoked #CFVbyIndia @Bhimber Sec, resulting in martyrdom of 7 Pakistani soldiers.Pakistan Army responding in befitting manner. We salute our valiant soldiers who render ultimate sacrifices for national cause,” Pakistan Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nafees Zakaria said in a series of tweets.On November 9, an Indian soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in the Machhal sector of Jammu and Kashmir last week; while on November 8, one soldier was killed and two others were injured as Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing in Nowshera sector.More than 100 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops have had happened so far, following India’s surgical strike across the LoC on September 29th.Meanwhile, Pakistan violated ceasefire today in Sunderbani and Nowshera sectors, to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply.Ceasefire violation has also been reported by Pakistan in Planwala sector of Akhnoor, Jammu and Kashmir.

One BSF officer, 11 civilians injured after Pakistan opens fire in RS Pura, Jammu

Jammu: A BSF officer and 11 civilians were injured in heavy shelling and firing by the Pakistan Rangers on the International Border (IB) in Jammu district, police said on Wednesday.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“Two persons including a Border Security Force (BSF) assistant sub-inspector and a civilian were injured in the nightlong Pakistan shelling and firing,” a police officer said.

Pakistan Rangers resorted to indiscriminate mortar shelling and automatic gunfire during the night in RS Pura sector, the official said.

“The BSF has effectively retaliated. The firing exchanges are still on in the area,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, villagers living in areas close to the IB in Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts were spending nights in concrete bunkers close to their homes.

Fearing further escalation of hostilities on the borders, many villagers in Arnia and Akhnoor have harvested their half ripe crops.

“We are continuing to brave the danger for our cattle and crops,” said Bodhraj, 65, a resident of RS Pura sector, adding “It is already becoming unbearable in our village as shells start raining here from the sky all through the night.”

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Naushera along LoC, Indian troops retaliate

Jammu: After a week-long lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

“There was unprovoked firing from small arms on forward areas in Naushera sector of Rajouri district along the LoC by Pakistani troops”, PRO, Ministry of Defence, Jammu said.

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Representational image. PTI

Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation.

A senior Army officer said there have been over 25 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by Army troops in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads.

In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen had sustained injuries in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani armymen were injured in retaliatory action by Indian troops along LoC.

On 8 October, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Pooch district resulting in injuries to one jawan.

On 5 October, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts.

Pakistani troops had on 4 October targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts.

They shelled mortar bombs and opened small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.

Pakistani troops had on 3 October violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling  in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district.

On 2 October, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling from 1915 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district.

On 1 October, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district.

On 30 September, Pakistani troops restored to small arms firing along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Naushera; heavy gunbattle underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a week-long lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops. “There was unprovoked firing from small arms on forward areas in Naushera sector of Rajouri district along the LoC by Pakistani troops”, PRO, Ministry of Defence, Jammu said. Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation. A senior Army officer said there have been over 25 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by Army troops in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads. In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen had sustained injuries in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani armymen were injured in retaliatory action by Indian troops along LoC. On October 8, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Pooch district resulting in injuries to one jawan.On October 5, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts. Pakistani troops had on October 4 targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts. They shelled mortar bombs and opened small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district. Pakistani troops had on October 3 violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district. On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling from 1915 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district. On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district. On September 30, Pakistani troops restored to small arms firing along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

Braving cross-border firing, Class 10 boy returns home to pick up books

Pallanwala, J&K: As mortar shells rained on a nondescript Gigriyal village here, 15-year-old Surinder Kumar risked his life and returned home from a makeshift camp miles away to collect his books that he could not pick up while fleeing to safety.

Jammu: A teacher taking a class at Government Higher Secondary School, Khour in Akhnoor sector in Jammu on Friday. PTI

Jammu: A teacher taking a class at Government Higher Secondary School, Khour in Akhnoor sector in Jammu on Friday. PTI

Kumar, a Class X student from the frontier Gigriyal village in Pallanwala sector, along with his family members, had to hurriedly abandon his house and flee to a nearby safe camp after the Pakistani army resorted to “unprovoked” firing post the surgical strikes on terror launch pads in PoK on the intervening night of 28 September.

“Soon after shells started landing on our village, we had to leave our houses in a hurry. I could not even pick up my schoolbag,” he said, adding he could not sleep the whole night and next day early morning, he decided to walk back home from the camp and bring back his schoolbag.

“…I had to walk on foot for several kilometres. Though I was stopped by the Army and when I told them that I want to bring my school bag, an officer helped me,” he said.

As he was back home, there was a sudden bang of mortar bombs and rattle of guns, forcing him to take cover, along with others who had returned to the border hamlet to feed their cattle.

For Kumar, it was a mission accomplished as he now sits in a makeshift classroom in the government school in Khour which has been converted into a safe camp by the authorities.

Amid rising Indo-Pak tension, residents of several border villages had to abandon their houses and shift to safe camps.

To help children continue study, Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh issued orders to the school administration where the safe camps have been set to start special classes for those who had to leave home.

“Keeping in mind the future of these migrant students, it was decided to start special classes in the migrant camps for the students who had to leave their houses due to cross-border firing,” Singh said told PTI. He said that the special classes being held for the migrant students have been a “success”.

The parents of the migrant students who were worried about the future of their children have also taken a sigh of relief after schools started having special classes for them. “Every time we had to migrate due to ceasefire violation, it was our children who had to abandon their studies, but now we are happy that their education is being taken care of by the administration,” Kumar’s mother Sheela Devi said.

Following orders from the state administration, the school authorities deputed teachers to hold special classes for the students living in camps.

“There are around 80 such students and we have deputed several teachers to hold special classes for them. Their parents are also happy that the precious time of their children is not wasted,” said Rohsan Lal Sharma, in-charge principal of Government Higher Secondary School in Khour.

Schools in the border areas of Jammu, which were closed following the army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, reopened on 4 October.

It said the principals/in-charges of the schools where border residents are camping should ensure that special classes were held for these children.

The district magistrate said that 15 schools in the border areas of Jammu district have been designated as temporary camps for the border migrants.

Surgical strikes aftermath: 20 ceasefire violations as Pakistani troops retaliate

After the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on 29 September (to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Pakistan stepped up cross-border firing and violated the Line of Control ceasefire at least 20 times.

In the wake of the increasing violations of this nature, the BSF has increased deployment of its troops (and technical equipment) along the International Border (IB). People living in the areas along the LoC, have been evacuated and moved to safer places.

In 2015, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan. While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the IB, 152 incidents were reported along the LoC.

Here are is a dateline of all the violations that took place since the surgical strike.

30 September

On 30 September, a day after the announcement by the Indian government about the surgical strikes carried out by the armed forces on terror launch pads near LoC, Pakistan violated the ceasefire. Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district. The troops had restored to small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district during the night.

This was the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September.

“There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.

The firing had lasted for an hour and a half. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.

On 29 September Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty.

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Representational image. PTI

1 October

On 1 October, the Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy machine guns along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, which lasted around three hours. There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and heavy machine guns and small arms firing on forward positions along the LoC in Pallanwala sector and Chamb area of Akhnoor tehsil.

Police said the Pakistani troops targeted Badoo and Chanoo hamlets and the villagers residing near the LoC were evacuated and shifted to safer places.

2 October

On 2 October, Pakistani troops launched firing and shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district this evening.

3 October

On 3 October, the Pakistani troops intensified action, by violating ceasefire four times. They resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on Indian Army posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving five civilians injured and several shops ablaze.

The firing and shelling was carried out in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors in Poonch district, officials said.

Reports said in the retaliatory action by the Indian Army, one Pakistani post Twiven was destroyed.

The Pakistani troops fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.

In shelling, five people were injured in Shahpur Kerni and Saujian sectors, officials said, adding the injured have
been hospitalised.

4 October

On 4 October, violating the border ceasefire five times since Monday, Pakistan troops pounded Indian military and civilian positions in 10 areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, provoking retaliation.

The Pakistani troops resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.

Firing and shelling along LoC was reported from Balnoi and Krishnagati sector in Poonch district.

One jawan reportedly suffered minor injuries in the action.

Pakistani troops targeted Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri sub-sectors of Noushera belt. They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.

5 October

On 5 October, the Pakistan troops violated the border ceasefire four times as they resorted to heavy shelling and firing on Indian posts and civilian areas in Poonch, Rajouri and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Krishnagati sectors in Rajouri and Poonch district, said Defence PRO Manish Mehta.

A senior army officer said ceasefire violations also took place in Mendhar sector of Poonch and Macchil sector of
Kupwara.

Mehta said Pakistan troops shelled mortar bombs and fired from automatic and small weapons.

With inputs from PTI

Jammu and Kashmir: Terrorists lob grenade at MLA Bhat’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmir Valley remained in a tense situation as terrorists lobbed a grenade at residence of Shopian MLA Muhammad Yusuf Bhat on Tuesday night. However no injuries to Bhat and his families were reported.In fresh ceasefire violations, Pakistan forces resorted to heavy shelling and firing along LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir last evening.Ceasefire violations were also reported from Pakistani forces in Gigriyal, Channi and Planwala areas of Akhnoor.Pakistani forces simultaneously started unprovoked firing and shelling in civilian areas and forward Indian posts in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch and Nowshehra sector of Rajouri around 5 PM.Troops guarding the border line retaliated effectively. The heavy intermittent exchange of fire lasted for nearly three hours in Krisnaghati sector, while it was going on in Nowshehra.Meanwhile, the valley remained shut for the 89th consecutive day as life continues to remain paralysed.

Tension escalates on LoC as Pakistan army fires high caliber mortar bombs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension has escalated on the Line of Control (LoC) after Pakistani Army shelled civilian areas and Indian forward positions injuring two civilians in the Shahpur village of the Poonch district of Jammu district.Pakistani troops fired high caliber 80mm and 120 mm mortar shells to target the Indian positions and villages in different areas including Shahpur, Krishnaghati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors.Initially Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Shahpur sector at 10.45 am on Monday. Later they extended the firing to other sectors including Sabzian sectors. Indian Army also retaliated and the firing was continuing intermittently between two sides through the day.Deputy Commissioner of Poonch Mohammad Harun Malik told dna that two people received minor wounds when Pakistani shell landed in their field at Shahpur village along the LoC. “They have been rushed to the hospital. Both of them suffered minor injuries,” he saidPakistan has intensified shelling on the LoC since Indian Army carried out surgical strikes against terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last week. Pakistan earlier targeted Indian posts in Akhnoor sector and then extended it to Poonch sector of Jammu.Fear has gripped the villagers living along the LoC though there has been no significant migration given the fact that the people are presently busy in harvesting crops.”It is harvesting season and people are not willing to leave the area as they have to farm their fields. In the evening they go to their relatives places nearby, but come back on fields in the morning,” said Malik.District administration has set up shelter camps for the people who want to shift because of the cross border shelling. “We are pressing them (people living on villages near LoC) to leave. We have kept have shelter camps ready. But people are very reluctant,” he said.Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.Official figures reveal two ceasefire violations were reported from International Border (IB) from January 1 to July 31. Last year 253 ceasefire violations were reported from IB compared to 430 in 2014.Official figures reveal this year one soldier was killed in the ceasefire violations. Last year six soldiers and 16 civilians were killed in the ceasefire violations. In 2014, 13 civilians and one soldier were killed in the ceasefire violations on the borders.

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Saujian, Mandi sectors of Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing to attack Indian Army post, Pakistan violated the ceasefire second time in the last 24 hours in the Saujian and Mandi sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian Army retaliated to the ceasefire violation.Earlier today, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Shahpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.Heavy mortar shelling and firing was reported from the Pakistani side in Poonch. Till now there are no reports of casualties on either side.The fresh attack comes after terrorists attacked the Indian Army and BSF camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla, late on Sunday night.Around three-four terrorists, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Senior Superintendent of Police Imtiaz Hussain claimed that the security forces could not retaliate in a heavy manner fearing civilian casualties.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire again in Akhnoor district

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district.This is the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September and the third in the past 36 hours.”There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.He said the firing started at 0030 hours and ended at 0130 hours.There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said.Yesterday, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty.On September 28, the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire by opening fire on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Sabzian area Poonch sector.Pakistani troops had fired on Army posts along LoC in Poonch sector on September 6.On September 2, Pakistan troops had violated the ceasefire by firing on forward Army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector.Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, the officer said.

Pakistan violates ceasefire at LoC yet again, targets Indian positions in Poonch

Pakistan violates ceasefire at LoC yet again, targets Indian positions in Poonch

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Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation after the Uri terror attack, Pakistani troops on Wednesday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

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Representational image. Reuters

However, there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, a police officer said.

“Pakistani troops resorted to firing by small arms along the LoC in Sabzian area of Poonch district this evening,” a police officer said.

Earlier on 20 September, two days after the terror attack in Uri, Pakistani troops violated the border ceasefire in the same sector of Kashmir, targeting Indian army positions with small firearms.

On 6 September, Pakistani Army pounded Indian positions with 120 mm mortar bombs and firing along the LoC in Poonch district.

On 2 September, Pakistani troops had resorted to ceasefire violation by firing on forward army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district.

BSF catch LeT activist from Pakistan near border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major catch, BSF troops arrested near the International Border here a Pakistani national and said he was an activist of Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit. “In the wee hours today, alert bordermen in Pragwal Sector of Akhnoor area of Jammu district apprehended a young Pakistani national who crossed over the International Border (IB) and was trying to negotiate border fence to infiltrate into Indian Territory,” DIG BSF Jammu Frontier Dharminder Pareek told PTI. The DIG said the nabbed person gave his identity as 32- year-old Abdul Qayum, son of Bhag Ali, a resident of Pul Bajuan village in Sialkot district of Pakistan.Qayum was in possession of one dual SIM Nokia mobile phone, the BSF officer said. “On further questioning by BSF sleuths, Qayum revealed that in 2004, he underwent ‘Daura-e-Aam’ militant training with LeT outfit at Mansera training camp in Muzaffarabad in PoK,” Pareek said. Thereafter he has actively worked for LeT and remained associated with distribution of Jihadi literature and magazines like ‘Gajwa’ and ‘Jarar’ as well as collection of funds for LeT, the BSF DIG said. Qayum has collected Rs 50 lakh of Pakistan currency and handed it over to LeT ‘amir’ namely Mujahid Bhatt of Sialkot area, DIG said. “Qayum was found to be well aware of all various terrorist organization based in Pakistan and their leaders including Hafiz Sayeed, (Hizbul Mujahideen chief) Syed Sallauddin and also separatist leaders of Kashmir — Syed A S Geelani, Asiya Andrabi, Yasin Malik etc,” he said.

BSF arrests 30-year-old Pakistani intruder along International Border in Jammu

New Delhi/Jammu: Border Security Forces (BSF) arrested a 30-year-old Pakistani intruder along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector on Friday, an official said.

Abdul Kayum, who claimed to be a resident of Pul Bhagawa area of Sialkot in Pakistan, was arrested between 4 am and 5 am in the Pargwal area.

“We arrested the intruder as soon as he reached near the fence in Akhnoor area. He was unarmed,” a BSF officer told IANS on condition of anonymity.

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He said a mobile was recovered from the intruder.

“We are yet to ascertain the purpose of the intruder of crossing the border and entering Indian territory as he is continuously changing his statement.”

The officer said “this kind of incident generally happens on the IB and we take them seriously every time.”

This incident comes in the wake of the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an army camp in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir which left 18 soldiers dead and many more injured. Four terrorist were also gunned down in the attack.

The officer said a combing operation had begun along the Line of Control (LoC) near Keran village in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday morning after noticing some suspicious movement which also forced them to resort to firing.

The army said on Thursday that it had foiled two infiltration bids on the LoC.

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