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J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, one civilian killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One civilian was killed as Pakistani Army indulged in heavy cross border firing targeting Indian positions and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian side to retaliate.”Pakistani troops targeted the Indian Army posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch sector with small arms, automatic and mortars at 1655 hours,” an army officer said.He said the army was retaliating strongly and effectively to the ceasefire violation.One civilian has been killed in the ongoing firing, a senior police officer said.On December 16, Pakistan had violated ceasefire by targeting Indian positions along the LoC in Balakote sector of the same district.The ceasefire violation had come after a lull of over three weeks after the Indian troops had launched a counter- offensive against Pakistan on November 23 against the killing of three soldiers in the Machhil sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.In the cross-LoC attack by suspected Pakistani terrorists, three Indian soldiers were killed on November 22, with body of one of them being mutilated. Following the incident, Indian Army had vowed a heavy “retribution”.The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with over 300 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops.Over 26 people, including 14 security personnel, have been killed in ceasefire violations since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

India and Pakistan should resolve their differences through dialogue: Ban Ki-moon

United Nations: Outgoing UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue and exercise restraint as he maintained his concern over the increase in tensions between the two neighbours along the Line of Control in recent months.

A file photo of Ban Ki-moon. ReutersA file photo of Ban Ki-moon. Reuters

A file photo of Ban Ki-moon. Reuters

The Secretary-General, whose 10-year tenure at the world organisation’s helm will end this month, has had a “very consistent position” on the situation in Kashmir, his deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters here yesterday in response to a question on tensions between India and Pakistan.

“All I can say is the Secretary-General has had a very consistent position. One fact we expressed even just last month, which is to say that he is following with concern the increase in tensions along the Line of Control and that he urges the Governments of India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and encourages them to continue their efforts to resolve their differences peacefully and through dialogue,” Haq said.

When asked by a Pakistani reporter that the Secretary-General has been “very reluctant” throughout his term to talk about the Indian-Pakistan conflict,Haq said he disagrees with such assessment. “I would disagree with you on that. We’ve had statements, including on the situations between India and Pakistan and on specifically on Kashmir. There have been statements and notes to correspondents. The last one was just a few weeks back, so I would just refer you back to those,” Haq said.

In a statement issued last month, Ban had expressed deep concern about the “deterioration” of the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir and called on all involved to prioritise the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life. Ban has said that his good offices are available to India and Pakistan if “accepted by both sides”. Throughout the year, Pakistan brought up the Kashmir issue at various UN fora but its attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue did not find resonance among the rest of the 191 member states of the UN.

First Published On : Dec 22, 2016 11:27 IST

437 ceasefire violations till November, 37 killed: Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has violated ceasefire 437 times along the LoC and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir till November this year in which 37 people were killed and 179 suffered injuries, Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said 27,449 people living along the border in Jammu and Kashmir were temporarily shifted to safer places due to ceasefire violations after the surgical strikes. Of them, around 6,000 people stayed in relief camps while the remaining stayed with their relatives. Of the total ceasefire violations, 216 incidents were reported along the Line of Control (LoC) and 221 incidents along the International Border till November this year, he said, adding that among the dead, 12 were civilians, eight were Army personnel and five were BSF personnel.There were 405 incidents of ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border in 2015 in which 26 people were killed and 97 others were injured, he said. Ahir said majority of the people have since returned to their homes from relief camps and at present, about 220 families comprising around 700 persons are in relief camps.

Deeply concerned about situation at Kashmir LoC: UN chief Ban Ki-moon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deeply concerned over the “deterioration” in situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restoration of stability in the region, saying the world body supports “all efforts” to reach “durable” peace and security.”The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days,” a United Nations statement attributed to his spokesman said.”He calls on all involved to prioritise the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life,” the statement said, adding that Ban “trusts India and Pakistan can find common ground and work towards a sustainable peace.””The UN stands by the people of the region and supports all efforts to reach durable peace and security,” said the statement.Tension between India and Pakistan have increased after the attack on an Indian Army base in Uri on September 18 and the resultant “surgical strike” on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir by the army 10 days later. Since then, cross-border firings have increased killing soldiers and civilians on both sides. This week, 12 people, including three Pakistani soldiers, were killed in alleged Indian cross-border firings. The Indian response came after the Indian Army warned of “heavy retribution” following the killing of three of its soldiers, with the body of one of them mutilated in a cross-LoC attack.Pakistan has denied as “false” and “baseless” its troops were responsible for the mutilation and deaths of Indian soldiers.

Jammu and Kashmir: Army Jawan, two terrorists killed in encounter in Bandipora

Fri, 25 Nov 2016-10:00am , Bandipora (JK) , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists and an Army jawan have been killed on Friday in the ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir.The area has been cordoned off as a combing operation has been launched to neutralise any untoward elements still in the vicinity.This comes after two terrorists were killed in Bandipora on Tuesday in an encounter in Hajin village of Bandipora and another terrorist was killed by security forces in Kakapora area of Pulwama district on Saturday.Earlier, at least three Indian soldiers were killed in an encounter in the Machhal sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.The Northern Command of the Indian Army tweeted saying that the body of one soldier was mutilated.More details awaited.

Indian Army launches counter-offensive after soldier’s beheading

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army launched a counter offensive against Pakistan along the LoC on Wednesday, a day after three Indian soldiers were killed, with body of one of them being mutilated in a cross-LoC attack. The offensive comes hours after the Indian Army vowed “heavy retribution” to the attack on its soldiers. The firing is underway at the entire Line of Control including areas at Poonch, Rajouri, Kel and Machil, as per NDTV. Heavy mortars and machine guns are being used by the Indian army for this operation.Brigadier, Northern Command, S Gotra said India Army launched a counter offensive along the LoC in retaliation to yesterday’s offensive in Machhil sector of Kashmir. Indian Army posts are responding strongly and giving a befitting reply, Defence PRO Manish Mehta said. After the gruesome attack, the Pakistani Army in Wednesday morning initiated indiscriminate ceasefire violation on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LOC ) in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Naoshera sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The firing began around 9.00 am to which the Indian Army posts are responding strongly to the attack. Firing is presently underway. India lodged a strong protest with Pakistan against the killing and mutilation when the foreign office in Islamabad summoned deputy high commissioner JP Singh to condemn ‘unprovoked ceasefire violations’. This was the second such incident in two months of an Indian soldier’s body being mutilated. Since the surgical strikes by India on terrorist launch pads along the Line of Control on September 29, there have been over 280 incidents of firing and shelling in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops, in which 26 people, including 14 security personnel, have been killed. With agency inputs.

Jammu: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri with mortars and small arms fire

Jammu: Pakistani army targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Saturday morning with mortars and small arms fire.

“Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire. Our army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani fire,” a defence spokesman said.

He said that there has been no loss of life, injury or damage to property reported so far even as the exchange of firing continued.

Representational image. ReutersRepresentational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along LoC in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district.

Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 14:07 IST

J-K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Nowshera sector of Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army has violated the ceasefire yet again on Saturday by targeting the posts in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district with 120 mm mortar. More details on the incident are awaited.Only two days ago, the Pakistani troops had resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LOC) in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.Pakistani troops on Tuesday had targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.On Monday, Pakistani troops resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu, Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri and Khadi sector of Poonch district, in which two persons including a jawan were injured.Pakistan on Monday said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops across the LoC.The 2003 India-Pakistan ceasefire agreement has virtually become redundant with a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along LoC and IB in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that resulted in death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK. With agency inputs.

Pak shelling kills another soldier on LoC, toll reaches 14

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan army killed another army soldier on Friday night when they resorted to heavy firing and shelling on the Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Keran sector.Now the toll of Indian soldiers killed by Pakistan army and rangers on the LoC and International Border (IB) has climbed to 14 since Indian army carried out the surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on September 29.Around 12 civilians have also been killed and more than 50 others injured in Pakistan firing and shelling on the civilian areas along the twin borders across the restive Jammu and Kashmir since September 29 surgical strikes.The latest provocation occurred on Friday night when Pakistan army resorted to heavy firing and shelling and one of the soldiers sustained splinter wounds after a shell exploded near his post. He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. “Pakistan violated ceasefire in Keran sector last night. A soldier, who had sustained injuries, later succumbed,” said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman, Srinagar.Awami Ithaad Party (AIP) Chairman Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, who represents Langate constituency of the border district of Kupwara in the Legislative Assembly, lambasted the government for ignoring people living in Keran and adjoining areas along the LoC in north Kashmir. “The least the government could have done was to provide concrete bunkers to the people and shifted the families well in time,” said RasheedFigures reveal, since surgical strikes, Pakistan has carried out more than 110 ceasefire violations. Indian troops have foiled 61 Pakistan abetted infiltration bids both across LoC and IB since September 29. Around 405 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 killing 16 civilians. Out of these, 253 took place along the International Border and 152 along the Line of Control.

Pak violated ceasefire 99 times along LoC post-surgical strike: Indian Army

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire 99 times along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas, after the surgical strike by the army on PoK-based terrorist launching pads.”Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 99 times after the surgical strike by Indian Army troops on terror launch pads in PoK,” a senior Army officer on Friday. The officer said there have been 83 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Jammu region falling under 16 Corps area. As many as 16 ceasefire violations have been recorded along the LoC in Kashmir region falling under 15 corps area, he said.The worst-ever Pakistani shelling targeting civil population took place on November 1 when eight persons, including two children and four women, were killed and 22 others injured along the IB and the LoC in five sectors of J&K, forcing Indian troops to give befitting reply by destroying 14 Pakistani posts and killing two of their troopers. The state government had closed over 400 schools along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region in wake of the ongoing heavy cross-border firing.A total of 18 people, including 12 civilians, were killed and more than 83 suffered injuries in Pakistani shelling and firing along IB and LoC in Jammu. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had on Wednesday asked the army personnel posted along the Line of Control to remain alert and give a befitting response to any “misadventure” from across the border. “While complimenting their valour and fortitude, which Parrikar said was the entire nation’s pride, he also impressed upon the soldiers to remain in a very high state of alert to give a befitting response to any misadventure from across,” the officer said.

ITBP, Chinese army in face-off along LAC in Leh’s Demchok

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian and Chinese troops are reportedly engaged in a face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Leh’s Demchok area since noon on Wednesday, reported the Hindu.The Chinese army has refused to go back and have come close to the Indian ‘side’ of the LAC, said the officer The report said that some civilian project is going on in the border areas and China has objected to it.“They came on Wednesday afternoon and stayed till the night. They returned and came back this morning again. It’s an eyeball-to-eyeball situation there,” said the official.In March this year, Chinese People Liberation Army (PLA) troops entered almost 6 km deep inside Indian territory near the Pangong lake area. The recent development comes less than a week after PM Modi celebrated Diwali with ITBP personnel at one of the remotest border posts in Uttarakhand.

He left us for nothing but nation, say slain Sepoy Sudees Kumar’s family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Indian Army jawan Sepoy Sudees Kumar of the 6 Rajputana Rifles has left his family mourning after he sacrificed his life in the line of duty during the ceasefire violations conducted by the Pakistani troops on Sunday along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. “We got a call in the evening and were informed about the sad news,” said Sudees’ father. “He never left us and always had a smile on his face before serving his duty,” he added. “An Army Jawan, Sepoy Sudees Kumar was martyred when Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LC) in Rajauri sector on 16 October 2016,” said Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta. Kumar (24) is survived by his wife.”The soldier hailed from Sambhal District of Uttar Pradesh. The area in which incident took place falls in Tarkundi belt of Rajouri district,” Lt Col Mehta added. The ceasefire violations by Pakistan took place on a day when India hosted leaders of a number of countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, for the BRICS and BIMSTEC Summit. Pakistan opened unprovoked fire in Naushera Sector to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply. Following the September 18 Uri terror army base attack that killed 19 soldiers and India’s subsequent surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), there has been a flare-up on the LoC with both nuclear-armed countries intermittently trading heavy fire.

Man behind 2011 Operation Ginger against Pakistan confirms it took place

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Major General (Retd.) SK Chakravorty, who was behind the planning and execution of Operation Ginger along the Line of Control (LoC), on Sunday said that the 2011 strike was a revenge attack carried out by the Indian Army after Pakistan staged two cross-border surgical strikes in which at least 13 soldiers were killed.”They (Pakistan) first conducted an operation, but action was done from their side. To take revenge of that, this operation was conducted,” he told ANI.Major General (Retd.) admitted that all details which have come up regarding the 2011 operation was true and said that even the then DGMO and the then Army Chief General VK Singh had information about it. However, he refused to discuss further details.It was reported earlier that the Indian Army had carried out surgical strikes across the LoC in 2011, in retaliation to a surprise attack on an army post in Gugaldhar ridge in Kupwara in July 2011 which led to the death of 13 soldiers and beheading of six of them. In revenge, the Indian Army planned Operation Ginger.

Pakistan: Condemn ‘distortion of facts’ by India, Raheel Sharif urges world

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s army chief, General Raheel Sharif on Thursday urged the world community to condemn the ‘distortion of facts’ by India regarding Kashmir and the Line of Control (LoC).Addressing a passing out parade of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) cadets, General Sharif said, “We have recently witnessed an unfortunate display of utter desperation playing out inside occupied Kashmir and along the Line of Control through a litany of falsehood and distortion of facts by India.””We expect the international community to condemn Indian insinuations and fabrications about a nation that has made unparalleled contributions to the global fight against terrorism,? the Dawn quoted him, as saying.Insisting that the armed forces were fully prepared to give the “most befitting response” to any internal or external threats directed at the country, General Sharif said Pakistan is a responsible country and remains committed to the policy of friendship with all other countries based on equality and mutual respect.He added that any aggression born out of deliberate intent or even a strategic miscalculation would not be allowed to go unpunished.The army chief’s comments come as relations between India and Pakistan has plunged to a new low in recent times in the wake of Uri terror attack and the subsequent surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army along the LoC.

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).

J & K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Shahpur along LoC in Poonch, heavy shelling underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Monday 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.The fresh attack comes after terrorists attacked the Indian Army and BSF camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a BSF personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.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).

India, Pakistan NSAs talk to diffuse tensions between two countries along LoC: Sartaj Aziz

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an attempt to diffuse the escalated tensions between two nations along the Line of Control (LoC) after India’s surgical strike, National Security Advisors (NSA) of India and Pakistan have reportedly had talks, even though Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif warned that Islamabad was also capable of executing surgical strikes.According to The News International, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan’s Nasser Janjua and India’s Ajit Doval spoke to diffuse tensions between the two countries. “Both officials stressed on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control,” Aziz told the portal.However, Aziz also claimed that India was escalating tensions with Pakistan at the Line of Control to deflect the attention of the world from Kashmir. Aziz said that Pakistan wanted to bring down tensions at the Line of Control so that the focus could be on the issue of occupied Kashmir.Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called a special Cabinet meeting last week to discuss the latest tension with India and the situation on the LoC, a day after Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.In a first, India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC on the intervening night of September 28 and 29, with the Army saying it inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Uri attack would not go unpunished.India and Pakistan are witnessing growing bitterness after Pakistan and its Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made provocative statements on the Kashmir situation in the wake of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8.Recently, raking up Kashmir at the UN, Sharif had glorified slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani as a “young leader” even as he expressed readiness for a “serious and sustained ‘dialogue’ with India for peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes, especially Jammu and Kashmir.

Man from Pakistan occupied Kashmir arrested along LoC: Army

Mohd Rashid Khan, a resident of Haveli district in PoK, was apprehended in a joint operation by the Army and Police on Saturday. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have arrested a 41-year-old man from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army said on Sunday.The official said Mohd Rashid Khan, a resident of Haveli district in PoK, was apprehended in a joint operation by the Army and Police in Saujian sector in the district on Saturday.He is being interrogated and further investigation is on.

Jammu and Kashmir: Two infiltration bids foiled along LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army today foiled two infiltration bids along the Line of Control by militants trying to sneak into Kashmir Valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.”Even as counter-infiltration operations continue in Uri and Nowgam sectors, two more infiltration bids have been successfully foiled by the army at two different places in Nowgam sector,” an army spokesman said.Army has been engaged in counter infiltration operations in Uri and Nowgam sectors for the past two days in which one soldier has been killed.There were reports of at least eight militants getting killed in the Uri operation but no bodies have been recovered so far.The spokesman said Army has enhanced vigil in view of increased infiltration attempts along the LoC .”In the wee hours of today, two separate groups, trying to sneak in, were intercepted and forced to flee back,” he added.

Operations against Pak-backed infiltrators enters second day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the second day on Wednesday, the operations against the Pakistan-backed infiltrators are continuing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri and Naugam sectors of North Kashmir, even as the investigators look for more leads in the Uri fidayeen attack.Army troops intercepted a group of 10 to 12 ultras near the Line of Control and foiled an infiltration bid in the Uri sector. Another infiltration bid was foiled in Naugam sector when troops detected another group of militants trying to sneak into the Indian side of LoC on Tuesday evening.Thirty-seven-year-old Havildar Madan Lal of Dogra Regiment was killed at Naugam when he came under heavy fire from the infiltrators. With 17 years of service, Havildar Madan Lal hailed from Pathankote and is survived by six year old daughter and two year old son.”The operations are continuing at both Uri and Naugam sectors along the Line of Control,” said an army spokesman.So far troops have not retrieved any body of the militant. Sources however said there is a possibility that they might have fallen into the deep ravines along the LoC.Even as the troops battle it out on the LoC, the investigators probing the Uri Fidayeen attack are looking for more leads. Investigators have found that the barbed wire fence of the 12 brigade headquarters was cut at two places which have given a new twist to the probe.Sources said investigators are baffled whether the militants made the entry from one point or used two points to enter into the camp.Sources said the four fidayeen were wearing the army uniforms and had divided into two groups to attack the tents and shelters in which the troops were sleeping. The militants used incendiary munitions which are used by regular armies to set the tents and shelters on fire.Investigators are working overtime to identify the slain militants who could help the centre to expose Pakistan before the international community. “We are trying to identify the militants with their addresses so that we can expose Pakistan by placing the proof before the international community,” said a source.

J&K: Army continue to engage in gunbattle with militants along LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian army is still in a gunbattle in along LoC with militants to foil infiltration bid. The encounter has been going on for 20 hours.The two counter-infiltration operations along the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday entered the second day, the Army said here. “The operations along the LoC in Uri and Naugam sectors continue,” an Army spokesman said. One soldier was killed yesterday as Army foiled two infiltration bids in Uri and Naugam sectors of KashmirThe army had killed at least 10 infiltrators on Tuesday when they foiled two major infiltration bids on the LoC in Uri and Naugam sectors of North Kashmir, even as the Pakistani army violated the ceasefire by indiscriminately firing on the Indian posts in Uri sector. The infiltration bid was foiled just hours after Pakistan violated ceasefire and fired at the Indian posts using small and automatic weapons for around 20 minutes.”Ten to 12 militants terrorists attempted to infiltrate in Uri sector. They were intercepted and the infiltration bid was foiled and operations are on,” Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar told dna.Later in the evening, the troops noticed suspicious movement of militants along the LoC in Naugam sector. Army immediately swung into action and launched the operation. Militants opened fire on the troops in which one soldier was killed. “Infiltration bid has been foiled in Naugam sector. One soldier has been martyred. Operations are continuing,” said Col Kalia.

Uri mopping operation called off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, almost 36 hours after the Pakistan backed Jaish-e-Mohhammed terrorists attacked the Army brigade headquarters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri, killing 17 soldiers and injuring over 30, the Army called off its mopping operation. All the four terrorists involved in the ‘fidayeen’ attack were gunned down by the Army.Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh told that the Army operations have been called off after conducting a thorough search of the military complex at Uri and the are around it.Meanwhile, one more of Indian Army jawan succumbed to injuries at the Army Research and Referral hospital in Delhi where he was airlifted.He said the total recoveries from the slain terrorists, included, four AK 47 rifles, four Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGL), 39 UBGL grenades, five hand grenades, two radio sets, two GPSs, two map sheets, two matrix sheets, one mobile phone and a large number of food and medicine packets having Pakistani markings.”We have displayed considerable restraint while handling the terrorist situation both along the Line of Control and in hinterland,” said the DGMO. “We have the desired capability to respond to such blatant acts of aggression and violence as deemed appropriate by us,” he warned, adding: “We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of own choosing.”Pointing that the infiltration attempts by terrorists have shown a marked increase in comparison to the past three-four years, he said in 2016, there have been 17 infiltration bids foiled by the Indian Army along the Line of Control (LoC). Of a total of 110 terrorists eliminated in J&K, 31 have been killed while they were attempting to cross the LoC.”It actually indicates a desperate attempt from across the LoC to infiltrate more terrorists into Kashmir with a view to create disturbance and foment unrest in our area,” he said and added,”The last two infiltration attempts, on September 11, in Poonch and on September 18 at Uri have been successfully thwarted by the Indian Army by killing of four terrorists in each of the operations.”

Army foils infiltration bid along LoC in Kashmir, kills three militants

Srinagar: Army on Sunday foiled an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Tangdhar sector of Kashmir, killing three militants who were involved in an attack on a BSF post in the area two days ago.

“Army foiled an infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district. Three terrorists have been killed in the operation,” an army official said.

He said the slain militants were involved in the attack on a BSF post in Tangdhar sector on 19 August in which three jawans of the force were injured.

“Three weapons and other war-like stores have been recovered from the scene of the gunbattle,” the official said adding the combing operation was still in progress.

11,270 ceasefire violations since 2002

There have been 11,270 ceasefire violations and border firing incidents by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir since 2002 which have resulted in the killing of 313 people, including 144 security forces personnel, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told the Legislative Council on Tuesday. She said these violations and incidents have taken place between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2015. The highest number of such violations took place in 2002 when 8376 incidents were reported while 2045 incidents of ceasefire violations were reported in 2003, she said in written reply to a question.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ceasefire between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control and international border in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003. For three years – 2004, 2005 and 2007 – there was not a single such violation on the border, Mehbooba said. The Chief Minister said 169 civilians and 144 security men were killed in the shelling from across the border in J&K since 2002.The highest number of 76 civilians were killed in such violations in 2002 while in 2003, 59 civilians were killed in the border shelling. Over the next 10 years, four people died in the ceasefire violation, she said.In 2014 and 2015, 14 and 16 civilians were killed respectively in ceasefire violations from across the border, she said.A total of 735 civilians and 311 security forces personnel were injured in these violations in these years, Mehbooba said. She said a maximum of 58 security men were killed and other 157 injured in the year 2002.

Indian Army celebrates International Yoga Day at Siachen Glacier

Amid sub-zero temperature, the Army on Tuesday celebrated International Yoga Day at the Siachen Glacier, situated at the height of over 20,000 feet.”The soldiers and the officers posted at Siachen, commonly known as the highest battlefield in the world, today celebrated International Yoga Day”, a defence spokesman said.He said apart from Siachen, the Army’s Fire and Fury Corps also celebrated the day at Leh, Kargil and other forward locations along the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC).<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PTIThe event at Leh was attended by over 900 personnel which included officers, junior commissioned officers and jawans of the Leh Garrisson, the spokesman said.”Large attendances were also organised at Siachen, Kargil and other forward locations along the borders,” he said.PTIApart from giving an impetus to physical fitness, the events were aimed to popularise yoga and also to spread awareness on benefits of yoga among the soldiers, he said, adding large number of soldiers showed interest in learning yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation.The Indian Army has incorporated yoga asanas into the daily routine of the soldiers in high altitude areas with harsh climatic conditions, he said.

Indian Army celebrates International yoga day at Siachen

Srinagar: Amid sub-zero temperature, the Army on Tuesday celebrated International Yoga Day at the Siachen Glacier, situated at the height of over 20,000 feet.

Representative image. ReutersRepresentative image. Reuters

Representative image. Reuters

“The soldiers and the officers posted at Siachen, commonly known as the highest battlefield in the world, today celebrated International Yoga Day”, a defence spokesman said.

He said apart from Siachen, the Army’s Fire and Fury Corps also celebrated the day at Leh, Kargil and other forward locations along the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC).

The event at Leh was attended by over 900 personnel which included officers, junior commissioned officers and jawans of the Leh Garrisson, the spokesman said.

“Large attendances were also organised at Siachen, Kargil and other forward locations along the borders,” he said.

Apart from giving an impetus to physical fitness, the events were aimed to popularise yoga and also to spread awareness on benefits of yoga among the soldiers, he said, adding large number of soldiers showed interest in learning yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation.

The Indian Army has incorporated yoga asanas into the daily routine of the soldiers in high altitude areas with harsh climatic conditions, he said.

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC

Pakistani troops violated ceasefire along the Line of Control in Uri Sector of Kashmir but no damage was reported in the incident, army said on Tuesday.”There was a ceasefire violation from across the LoC last night in Kamalkote area of Uri sector,” an army official said here.While there were no reports of any damage in the Pakistani firing, further details of the incident are awaited, he said.

India, Pakistan armies exchange sweets along LoC on the occasion of Pakistan Day

Indian and Pakistani troops on Wednesday exchanged sweets at several border points along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Pakistan day. “On the occasion of Pakistan Day on March 23, troops of India and Pakistan exchanged sweets at Mendhar and Chakan- Da- Bagh.In keeping tune with the high ethos of Indian Army, sweets were exchanged by both sides on the occasion”, Defence Spokesman said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The exchange of sweets on religious festivals and days of historical significance is part of the confidence building measures between the two sides and shall go a long way in promoting harmony and bonhomie along the Line of Control, he said.The event is testimony to the good-will generated between the two sides to ensure everlasting peace on the Line of Control, he added.

Omar Abdullah questions separatists’ silence over Chinese troops in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday hit out at separatist groups for maintaining silence over the presence of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops along the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”How is it that Kashmiri leaders who have so much to say about Indian troops in J&K have nothing to say about Chinese troops across the LoC?” Omar tweeted. After frequent incursions in Ladakh area, PLA troops have been spotted at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) on the Pakistani side of Kashmir, ringing alarm bells in the security establishment.The Army spotted senior PLA officials at the forward posts opposite Nowgam sector in North Kashmir after which some intercepts of Pakistani army officers suggested that the Chinese troops have come to create some infrastructure along the LoC, sources in the know of developments said.

Chinese Army spotted along LoC in Pak-occupied Kashmir

After frequent incursions in Ladakh area, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops have been spotted at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) on the Pakistani side of Kashmir, ringing alarm bells in the security grid.The Army has spotted presence of senior PLA officials at the forward posts opposite Nowgam sector in North Kashmir after which some intercepts of Pakistani army officers suggested that the Chinese troops have come to create some infrastructure along the LoC, sources in the know of developments said on Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Army has officially maintained complete silence on the issue but have been constantly updating various intelligence agencies about the presence of PLA troops along the Line of Control, the sources said.The PLA troops were first spotted in the later part of the last year and ever since their presence was witnessed opposite Tangdhar sector as well. In this area, Chinese government-owned China Gezhouba Group Company Limited has been building a Jhelum-Neelum 970 MW Hydel power project.The hydel project is being built in response to India’s Kishanganga power project being built in Bandipore of North Kashmir. The Indian project is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum River basin and will have an installed capacity of 330 MW.Construction on the project began in 2007 and is expected to be complete this year.The intercepts also suggested that Chinese PLA would be digging some tunnels in Leepa Valley, located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), to build an all-weather road which will serve as an alternate route to reach Karakoram Highway.The visit by PLA officials is seen by experts as part of Beijing’s 46 billion dollar China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC) under which Gwadar port in Karachi is linked to Chinese Xinjiang province through Karakoram highway, an area under illegal occupation of China.As the CPEC project was given final shape, India had lastyear registered its protest against the presence of Chinese troops in Gilgit and Baltistan, an area in PoK, saying that it was unacceptable to India.In the meantime, some of the experts in the nation’s security grid have been giving serious thoughts to the presence of PLA in close proximity with Pakistani army officials. Chinese officials have maintained that CPEC was an economical package to link Asia with Eurasia.Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor in Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has been part of think-tank on Indian policy towards China, feels that the over growing presence of Chinese PLA was a cause of worry for India.”What we know is that China is going to raise three divisions of its PLA under a local name in PoK that will guard the Chinese interests in occupied Kashmir. One needs to understand the game plan of Beijing,” he said.Reports emerging from PoK were suggesting that PLA under a local name will establish a security wing in the PoK so that India does not protest. The new three divisions, around 30,000 men, will be deployed in and around the installations built by the Chinese firms, the sources said, adding this way Beijing can also justify its presence along the LoC in northern part of Kashmir.

Chinese Army spotted along LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir

Srinagar: After frequent incursions in Ladakh area, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops have been spotted at forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) on the Pakistani side of Kashmir, ringing alarm bells in the security grid.

Representational image. Firstpost

Representational image. Firstpost

The Army has spotted presence of senior PLA officials at the forward posts opposite Nowgam sector in North Kashmir after which some intercepts of Pakistani army officers suggested that the Chinese troops have come to create some infrastructure along the LoC, sources in the know of developments said on Sunday.

Army has officially maintained complete silence on the issue but have been constantly updating various intelligence agencies about the presence of PLA troops along the Line of Control, the sources said.

The PLA troops were first spotted in the later part of the last year and ever since their presence was witnessed opposite Tangdhar sector as well. In this area, Chinese government-owned China Gezhouba Group Company Limited has been building a Jhelum-Neelum 970 MW Hydel power project.

The hydel project is being built in response to India’s Kishanganga power project being built in Bandipore of North Kashmir. The Indian project is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum River basin and will have an installed capacity of 330 MW. Construction on the project began in 2007 and is expected to be complete this year.

The intercepts also suggested that Chinese PLA would be digging some tunnels in Leepa Valley, located in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), to build an all-weather road which will serve as an alternate route to reach Karakoram Highway.

The visit by PLA officials is seen by experts as part of Beijing’s 46 billion dollar China-Pakistan-Economic Corridor (CPEC) under which Gwadar port in Karachi is linked to Chinese Xinjiang province through Karakoram highway, an area under illegal occupation of China.

As the CPEC project was given final shape, India had last year registered its protest against the presence of Chinese troops in Gilgit and Baltistan, an area in PoK, saying that it was unacceptable to India.

In the meantime, some of the experts in the nation’s security grid have been giving serious thoughts to the presence of PLA in close proximity with Pakistani army officials. Chinese officials have maintained that CPEC was an economical package to link Asia with Eurasia.

Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor in Chinese Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, who has been part of think-tank on Indian policy towards China, feels that the over growing presence of Chinese PLA was a cause of worry for India.

“What we know is that China is going to raise three divisions of its PLA under a local name in PoK that will guard the Chinese interests in occupied Kashmir. One needs to understand the game plan of Beijing,” he said.

Reports emerging from PoK were suggesting that PLA under a local name will establish a security wing in the PoK so that India does not protest. The new three divisions, around 30,000 men, will be deployed in and around the installations built by the Chinese firms, the sources said, adding this way Beijing can also justify its presence along the LoC in northern part of Kashmir.

PTI

Keran: BSF foils infiltration bid along LOC, one terrorist killed; operation still on

The army foiled an infiltration bid by militants along the Line of Control in Keran sector of Kashmir, in which one ultra was killed while two soldiers sustained injuries. According to Rakesh Sharma, IG BSF Jammu Frontier, they’d spotted a foxhole in the morning. After examination they found that it was an attempt to dig a tunnel from the Pakistan side towards India with the aim to push armed terrorists in. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “An infiltration bid was foiled by alert troops along the Line of Control in Keran Sector. “One militant has been killed so far,” an army official said. Two soldiers sustained injuries in the exchange of fire with the infiltrators, the official said adding both the jawans were evacuated to a hospital where their condition is stated to be stable. He said the operation was in progress till last reports came in.

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