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Pakistani troops violate ceasefire, target army posts, civilian areas in Poonch

Poonch (J&K): After a lull of over three weeks, the ceasefire on the LoC was violated again with Pakistani army on Friday, resorting to heavy cross-border firing at Indian posts and civilians areas in Balakote sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

“Pakistani army violated ceasefire, targeting Indian positions along the Line of Control in Balakote sector. The firing started at 0900 hours continued till 1000 hours. Our soldiers gave a befitting reply,” an army official said.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

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The ceasefire breach comes after a lull of over three weeks. Two BSF jawans were injured in shelling by Pakistani troops along the LoC on 23 November, a day after three Indian soldiers were killed and the body of one of them was mutilated in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

A senior police officer said shells fired by the Pakistani troops landed in civilian areas in the sector. However, there was no report of loss of life or injury to anyone.

The Pakistani army said one civilian was killed and four school children were injured on their side in the exchange of fire.

First Published On : Dec 16, 2016 15:41 IST

J-K: Pakistan violates ceasefire twice in Rajouri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan Army today targeted several posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri district with mortars and small arms fire, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.The firing in Sunderbani is the second ceasefire violation by the Pakistani side in less than six hours. EEarlier today Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector and in the afternoon they started firing in Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas. “Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire.Our army is giving a befitting response to Pakistani fire,” a Defence Spokesman said.He said there has been no loss of life, injury or damage to property reported so far even as the exchange of firing continued. “Pakistan Army resorted to ceasefire violation in Sunderbani sector using 120 mm mortars, automatic and small arms from 1410 hrs,” the spokesman said.”Our troops are giving a befitting response,” the spokesman said.

Pak summons Indian envoy; India protests over unprovoked firing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India protested to Pakistan on Wednesday over the unprovoked firing from across the border to give cover to infiltrators when its Deputy High Commissioner was summoned for the sixth time in over two weeks against alleged “unprovoked ceasefire violations” on the LoC.Foreign Office (FO) said Director General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to “strongly condemn the unprovoked ceasefire violations on November 8 by the Indian Forces on the Line of Control (LoC) in Khuirata and Battal sectors”.This is the sixth time in over two weeks that the Indian Deputy High Commissioner has been summoned to the FO here. The FO said the violation by India resulted in the death of four civilians, including a woman and a 10-year-old girl, besides causing injuries to seven others.On his part, Singh protested against the unprovoked firing from Pakistani Rangers, saying it was primarily to give cover to infiltrators. He also said casualties on the Indian side include both civilians and security forces in the ceasefire violations by the Pakistan.The FO said that the Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire Understanding; investigate the continued incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, stop targeting the villages and civilians and maintain peace on the LoC.It claimed that so far, this year, India has committed 222 ceasefire violations out of which 184 have been on the LoC and 38 on the Working Boundary, resulting in killing of 26 civilians and injuries to 107 others.​

J-K: Ceasefire violation by Pak in KG Sector in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A ceasefire violation in KG Sector took place in Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. The firing started at 2.00 am on Sunday and is still on.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.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.

Why is Pakistan targeting civilians with its guns? Because it wants India to resume talks

One of the key takeaways of the 29 September surgical strikes — quite apart from the mythical ones in popular imagination — was the element of unpredictability in Indian response when faced with Pakistan-sponsored terror. Narendra Modi government’s public owning of a covert operation across the LoC showed that India is no longer willing to suffer in silence and would henceforth raise the cost of Pakistani misadventure while staying, as far as possible, within the limits of strategic restraint against a nuclear-armed neighbour.

A Pakistan Army soldier manning a post. ReutersA Pakistan Army soldier manning a post. Reuters

A Pakistan Army soldier manning a post. Reuters

The pushback may vary in scope and scale but India hoped that breaking of the template may act as some sort of a deterrent against the terror-exporting nation. If this was the major takeaway, there was one more equally important one. In a strategic manoeuvre, the strikes put the onus of resuming normalcy squarely on Pakistan. Modi added sinew and bone to an old Indian stance: if you want talks, stop terror.

But there is a problem. Instead of being conducted over fine wines at plush venues, diplomacy between the two south Asian neighbours often boils down to brinkmanship across the border. The reason why India has consistently failed to develop a coherent Pakistan policy is that Islamabad (or more correctly, Rawalpindi) never plays by rules. It has grown so used to cashing in on its delinquent status that it sincerely believes the fallacy that more of being a rogue nation will help it achieve objectives that conventional diplomacy won’t.

What are those objectives? If India — which has historically bore the brunt of renewing talks initiative despite Pakistan’s thousand betrayals — suddenly finds suspended talks quite a comfortable status quo, the onus lies on Islamabad to start the process and bring its “unfinished business”, Kashmir, again to the table.

There would be two broad reasons why Pakistan, at this point, is more interested in talks than India. One, it must be feeling a compelling need to yank India out of the sweet spot post surgical strikes. The Rawalpindi GHQ would have calculated that letting India get away with the strikes (despite a public denial) is tantamount to defeat. Therefore, it must force India to kickstart the talks process. Two, suspension puts Kashmir out of the limelight. Since the issue is central to Pakistan’s own existence, it cannot simply let that happen.

But how does it coax India back at the table? Islamabad has been shedding tears over Kashmir for a considerable amount of time in every global forum and calling for UN intervention without any tangible benefits. Its perfidies are finally catching up. Recently, it even sent 22 diplomats far and wide across the world in a failed strategic move. In absence of international pressure on India, it has precious few levers left. Moreover, the genie of terror its army and the deep state has nurtured for so long cannot be bottled back at the snap of a finger. It is impossible for Pakistan, therefore, to meet the Indian condition for talks.

Under the circumstances, Pakistan seems to have decided that the only way to force India into resuming “talks” would be to massively violate the ceasefire and target civilians so that India bows to domestic political pressure. The strategy is also based on a calculation that the civil administration in India is more amenable to political pressure than in Pakistan where an unaccountable, unelected army controls all the levers of power.

Therefore, as PTI reports, we find Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeting civilians in a massive escalation at the border, resulting in the deaths of eight people including two children and four women. The firing, which included usage of small arms and also heavy calibre weapons like 120mm and 82mm mortar bombs, also injured 22 people including an 18-month-old infant. The assault prompted a ferocious retaliation from BSF which claimed to have destroyed 14 Pakistani posts.

The areas targeted, according to another PTI report, were hamlets and military posts in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Crucially, Pakistan’s strategy of killing Indian civilians and building domestic political pressure on the government seems to be working.

In a separate report, PTI quoted Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti expressing “deep anguish” and “grave concern” over the loss of human lives and destruction of property. According to Mufti, the only way to deal with the “prevailing disturbing situation” is to keep reminding both India and Pakistan of the inevitability of talks. “India and Pakistan must open the channels of communication, at the earliest, realising the dangerous consequences of any escalation of ongoing confrontation along the borders,” she said in the report.

Opposition leaders in the state led by National Conference leaders and ex-CMs Farooq Abdullah and son Omar have also expressed similar sentiments.

If this is one part of the story, the other part, still unconnected, lies in the recent disturbing trend in setting Kashmir schools on fire. The inevitability of human desire for normalcy and peace has been held hostage by this renewed acts of arson that serve the dual purpose of maintaining unrest in the Valley and keep Kashmir in the headlines. So far, 26 schools have been set on fire by unidentified arsonists while 174 along the international border in Jammu have been shut by the administration due to increased shelling.

As Bharti Jain writes in Times of India quoting a Jammu and Kashmir police officer, the arsonists who have been captured so far are mostly uneducated and unemployed youth blindly following directions of local separatists. They might be used and funded by agents and the motive may include denying security forces a refuge during harsh winter months and even a shot at radicalisation of youth by preventing modern education.

Crucially, separatist leaders have been quite brazen about defending what is an indefensible and perverted act of setting schools on fire.

Hurriyat Conference head Syed Ali Shah Geelani was quoted in a BBC report as saying: “If the authorities are indeed concerned about education and the future of school children, they should first release all people, particularly students, and withdraw all cases against them to create a conducive and peaceful atmosphere.”

For a separatist leadership that has often acted as Pakistani puppets, it doesn’t require an Einstein to connect the dots. The question, therefore, for the Indian administration is this: Would it bow before Pakistan’s overt and covert manoeuvres and appear again at the talks table?

Soldier, woman killed in fresh ceasefire violation on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seemingly rattled by obliteration of their four tactically placed posts, Pakistani army has extended the shelling to Rajouri and Poonch sectors of the Line of Control (LoC), leaving a soldier and a woman dead, besides injuring another.”An army soldier has been martyred in Rajouri sector. Ceasefire violation by Pakistan army is being retaliated with massive fire assault,” said Colonel NN Joshi, defence spokesperson, Northern Command.Hailing from Dharan area of Nepal, the 20 year old Rifleman Bimal Tamang is survived by his mother, Nirmaya Tamang. “He was martyred in unproved ceasefire violation by Pakistan,” said Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesperson, Jammu.Pakistan army also resorted to heavy shelling, targeting civilian areas in Mendhar sector of Poonch district. A woman was killed and her daughter severely injured, when a shell fired by Pakistani army landed in their village at Golad in Mendhar, this afternoon.JS Johar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Poonch, told that, sporadic damages have been caused by the Pakistan shelling in the Galod village. “A lady was killed and her daughter injured in the shelling. There was sporadic damage to the houses and live stock in the area. However, there has been no migration so far,” he said.Pakistan army started a fresh round of ceasefire violations in Balakote sector at 9 am on Monday. They are using long range shells, including 82 mm, having range of 4.5 kilometers, and 120 mm mortars, which have a range of seven kilometers, to target deep into the civilian areas along the LoC.”There was an unprovoked ceasefire violation from 0900 hours in Balakote sector by Pakistan army using 120 mm mortars, 92 mm mortars, automatics and small arms. It is being responded appropriately and befittingly by our troops,” said Lieutenant Colonel Mehta.While Pakistan army inflicted casualties on the LoC, Pakistani rangers violated ceasefire on the International Border in Hiranagar sector on Sunday night. The firing met with a response from BSF, to silence their guns.Figures reveal that Pakistan has carried out 60 ceasefire violations across the LoC and IB since Indian army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.More than nine soldiers including four BSF men have been killed on the LoC and IB since the surgical strikes. Four civilians including two women have also been killed and 40 others injured in the Pakistan shelling on borders since September 29.Figures reveal Pakistani has carried out 57 ceasefire violations on the borders since the surgical strikes on September 29. Official figures reveal around 405 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015 killing 16 civilians. Of which 253 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the International Border and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.

Pakistan violates ceasefire again in RS Pura Sector, injures BSF personnel

Pakistan violates ceasefire again in RS Pura Sector, injures BSF personnel

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On Wendesday, PTI reported that Pakistan targeted Indian posts with heavy mortar and small arms fire in the RS Pura sector of border in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday injuring an assistant sub-inspector of Border Security Force. But this is not the first time it has violated cease fire.

According to reports, since India carried out stealth strikes inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir on the night of September 28, there have been over 40 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops.

On October 25, Pakistan army had targeted Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district. “From 10 am, Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Noushera sector of Rajouri district by targeting our positions with mortar bombs and small arms fire”, an army officer had told PTI. There was no loss of life reported.

However cross-border firing on October 24 lead to the death of a six-year-old boy and a BSF Jawan, and injured 10 people including eight civilians. Pakistani troops targeted over 25 border outposts in the border hamlets along International Border using small and automatic weapons as well mortar bombs in the border areas.

The Indian army has constantly been on alert, and have been advising people to stay indoors as firing continues across the Line of Control.

Pakistan summons Dy Indian High Commissioner envoy over ‘ceasefire violations’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the second day in a row, Pakistan on Wednesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest over alleged “unprovoked firing” by Indian forces along the Working Boundary and Line of Control. It was second day in succession that Indian envoy JP Singh was summoned by the Foreign Office over violation of ceasefire.”The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned by the Director General (South Asia & SAARC) today. A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.The protest was lodged over violation of ceasefire agreement at the Working Boundary in Chaprar and Harpal sectors and on the LoC in Bhimber sector on 25-26 October, the statement said. Pakistan said that two civilians were killed and nine others injured in the firing.”It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary and the LoC,” FO said.India had on Tuesday said Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on September 18.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ‘ceasefire violations’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Tuesday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest against “ceasefire violations” along the Working Boundary, the Foreign Office here said.Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned by the Director General (South Asia and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).A strong protest was lodged against the unprovoked ceasefire violations on October 23-24 by Indian forces at the Working Boundary in Phuklian and Chaprar Sectors in which two civilians, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl, were killed and six others were injured, Foreign Office said in a statement.”It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the Ceasefire in letter and spirit, refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary,” the statement said.Pakistan has also lodged a protest with the United Nations Military Observers group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) over the killing of two civilians in ‘unprovoked’ firing across the Working Boundary, Dawn reported.”India resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in the Bhimber and Chaprar sectors respectively today,” Inter-Services Public Relations said.”The exchange of fire was ongoing,” the statement added.”Ceasefire violations by India Protest lodged by Pakistan with UNMOGIP regarding unprovoked firing by Indian forces on Working Boundary last night that killed innocent civilians,” M Nafees Zakaria, Spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, tweeted yesterday.Meanwhile, India today said Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.A six-year-old boy and a BSF Jawan were killed and 10 people including 8 civilians were injured in the shelling yesterday when Pakistan Rangers targeted over 25 Border out Posts in the border hamlets along International Border.There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on September 18.

Pakistan army violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district

Pakistan army violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district

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Jammu: Pakistan army on Tuesday violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian Army positions with mortar and small arms fire in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“From 10 am, Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Noushera sector of Rajouri district by targeting our positions with mortar bombs and small arms fire”, an army officer said. He said the army was giving a “befitting response” to the ceasefire violation from the Pakistani side.

“The army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani army,” the officer said.

There was no report of any loss of life or the property on the Indian side as the firing from both the sides was still going on.

A 6-year-old boy and a BSF Jawan were killed and 10 people including eight civilians were injured in the shelling on Monday when Pakistan rangers targeted over 25 border outposts in the border hamlets along International Border.

There have been over 40 ceasefire violations from the Pakistani side since the Indian side carried out surgical strikes inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir targeting terror launching pads, post the attack on an army camp in Uri on 18 September.

Jammu & Kashmir: Eight-fold surge in terror infiltrations across LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been a tough year for Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, as they have been battling an eight-time jump in terrorist infiltrations. Apart from this shocking statistic, officials say that the rising number of cases of arson by raging mobs suggests a rise in local recruitment this year.According to officials, the good news is that ‘surgical strikes’ have brought cheer at a time when infiltration is at an all-time high with 87 cases reported this year, while the tally last year was 10.“Ceasefire violations have taken place in hundreds for the last five-six years… The only difference is that if they do it now, we give a befitting reply,” said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at an event in Ahmedabad on Monday. However, officials warn that the situation is only going to get worse from here with Pakistan-based terrorists planning retaliation. According to ground intelligence and intercepts, more men have been pumped in by terror groups to strike at Indian forces. This has kept the forces on its toes with the terrorists kills also doubling. Sources said with more infiltration, even the numbers of kills have increased. Last year, in the corresponding period, around 70 terrorists were gunned down, while the tally this year has reached 128. While the Army has killed 120 terrorists, the other operations were carried out by local police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).Clearly, the surgical strikes destroying terror launchpads have not deterred Pakistani-based terrorists from planning more strikes. “The infiltration attempts are still continuing,” said a government official.Sources said a number of infiltrations have occurred along the LoC and it seems the terrorists are going back to the old routes used for penetrating into Indian territory. In 2013 and 2014, there had been increased infiltration from new routes along the International Border (IB).The assessment of infiltrations increasing is based on ground intelligence from civilians, intercepts and evidence of fence-cutting in some areas.The recent trend of the increasing cases of arson has been a cause of worry for the forces. Around 100 arms were looted by raging mobs protesting against the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen local commander Burhan Wani.Sources said this is also an indication that local terrorist recruitment is happening as arms are needed for them.Since Wani’s killing in July, mass protests triggered turmoil in the state with over 80 deaths and thousands wounded over the last three months. Army sources said that since then operations in South Kashmir have taken a hit.Intelligence inputs also indicate that after India’s surgical strikes, the Pakistani Army has carried out “precautionary deployment” all along the LoC, as they fear another round of strikes from Indian forces.“Soon after our raids, they have increased deployment in areas they consider vulnerable. Precautionary deployment is roughly 25 percent of a full mobilisation aimed to plug the gaps,” said an intelligence officer.Fears of local recruitment by Pakistan-based terror groups, has also alarmed security forces. It is estimated that around 100 youths have gone missing in the last three months.

Won’t speak about ceasefire violations, will give befitting reply to ones deserving it: Parrikar

Mon, 17 Oct 2016-01:55pm , New Delhi , PTI

“Ceasefire violations have taken place in hundreds for the last five-six years. The only difference is that if they do it now, we give a befitting reply,” said Parrikar. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after a jawan was killed in firing by Pakistani troops, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply to such ceasefire violations. “Will not speak on it as it happens many times, hume jisko uttar dena hai de denge,” Manohar Parrikar said on ceasefire violation yesterday.”Ceasefire violations have taken place in hundreds for the last five-six years…Check out the figures. The only difference is that if they do it now, we give a befitting reply,” he said. An Indian Army jawan was yesterday killed as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. Parrikar had earlier equated the Indian Army to ‘Hanuman’ and made a reference to the Ramayana in which the monkey God crossed an ocean in a single stride after he was reminded about his extraordinary powers by Jamwant.

One jawan martyred in ceasefire violation in J&K’s Rajouri sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri sector, an army jawan lost his life. Sepoy Sudees Kumar, 24, from sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, was martyred in the firing by Pakistan. He is survived by his wife. More details awaited.

Naushera attack: Locals request govt for safety

Sun, 16 Oct 2016-02:08pm , Naushera , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir, the locals residing in the village feared for their lives and urged the government to provide adequate safety to them. “The firing started early in the morning, the entire population of the village is hiding. We are requesting the government to provide us a safe place to live in,” said one of the villagers. The ceasefire violation hampered the lives of the locals residing in the area. The villagers here are hiding in their homes, shops have been closed and nobody has moved out for their work as usual. Earlier today, Pakistan opened unprovoked fire yet again in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir to which the Indian troops gave a befitting reply.A heavy gun-battle is presently underway and intermittent firing has been consistent since this morning from Pakistan’s side. This comes after a spree of ceasefire violations last week by Pakistan after the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on September 29 on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Pak shelling leaves trail of destruction on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stepping up their offensive, Pakistan Army shelled a strategic fuel depot of the security forces, leaving a trail of destruction along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Saujian sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.More than 20 shops were razed to ground after massive fire engulfed the Saujian village when Pakistan shells landed in the fuel depot, which is used for supplying oil to the forward posts of the security forces stationed on the Line of Control.”Almost 20 shops and two bikes were gutted in the fire. A car has also suffered some damages in the firing. It is a place where the fuel barrels are kept for their onward movement to the forward posts. The incident happened 48 hours ago when cross border shelling took place in Saujiyan and Shahpur sectors,” Mohammad Harun Malik, district development commissioner of Poonch, told dna.Malik said they are currently assessing the losses caused to the property due to the cross border shelling. “Loss statement has not been made. I had personally gone for the inspection of the affected area of Saujian today.Wooden works and roofs of the shops have been gutted completely but the walls are intact,” he said.Pakistani army has opened few more fronts and extended shelling to newer areas in Mendhar and Sunderbani sectors of the LoC. “Ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors are being strongly retaliated by our forces,” said an army officer.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said Pakistan started to unprovoked cease fire violations in Krishna Ghati sector from 5 pm on Tuesday using arms, automatics and mortars.”Firing stopped at Krishna Ghati sector 8 pm but intermittently continues in Naushera sector. Firing is being appropriately responded by own troops,” he said.Deputy inspector general of police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Johnny Williams told dna that the authorities have evacuated few civilians from some areas in Naushera sector of LoC following the shelling.”We had to do evacuation in the wake of shelling. Around 50 to 60 people were evacuated. Basically the shelling is from post to post,” he said.Pakistan has also opened another front in Macchal sector by resorting to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts on Wednesday. “Ceasefire Violation in Machhal Sector by Pakistan is being strongly retaliated,” tweeted Northern Command of the Indian army.Hundreds of families have shifted to safer places after Pakistani army intensified the shelling since the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir last week.Meanwhile, police in its continuous and sustained drive against the trouble mongers arrested 76 people involved in various offences of disturbing public order in different parts of the valley

Pakistan violates ceasefire once again in Rajouri district, Indian Army retaliates strongly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has once again violated ceasefire on Wednesday in Jammu’s Rajouri district. According to reports, Pak troops resorted to heavy firing and shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani and Mendhar sectors of Jammu’s Rajouri district. ANI reported that the Indian Army is strongly retaliating. The ceasefire violation comes a day after Pak violated ceasefire on October 4 in the Kalsian village of Naushera sector in Rajouri. Further details awaited

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.

Over 11,000 ceasefire violations in Kashmir since 2002 have killed 313 people: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar: 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 1 January, 2002 and 31 December, 2015.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

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.

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.

Tension grips LoC after Pakistan pounds Indian positions

After suspending talks with India, Pakistan reverted back to its old tricks when its army resorted to heavy shelling on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur area of Poonch sub sector of Jammu division.Pakistan violated the ceasefire at midnight when they resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling targeting several Indian forward posts using different calibre weaponry. Indian army replied in equal measure to silence the Pakistani guns.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu said Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control in Poonch sub sector at midnight.”Pakistan troops intermittently fired small arms, automatics and mortars. Own troops retaliated appropriately with equal calibre weapons. No casualties/damage was reported till last reports came in,” he said.The exchange of fire was continuing till the wee hours of Sunday. Fear gripped the people after the firing as the peace had returned to the border villages for the seven months.Official figures reveal around 405 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in 2015. Of which 253 incidents of cross border firing have taken place along the International Border and 152 incidents along the Line of Control.At least 16 civilians were killed and 71 others were injured in the cross border firing and shelling. Around 72 houses were damaged due to border shelling along the border last year. As many as 7,110 people were temporarily affected due to ceasefire violation in Jammu and Kashmir from January 1 to November 2015.The fresh ceasefire violation comes three days after Pakistan suspended the dialogue process with India. On Thursday, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said the arrest of an alleged Indian spy, Kulbushan Jadhav, proved Islamabad’s allegations that New Delhi was causing unrest in Balochistan.”There is no meeting scheduled for now. I think at present the peace process is suspended,” he said.The ceasefire on borders came into force on November 26, 2003 when the then Pakistani premier Zafarullah Khan Jamali announced unilateral truce on all the three frontiers – 772 kilometer Line of Control (LoC), 192 kilometer International Border (IB) and 122 kilometer Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) at Siachen glacier — as a goodwill gesture. New Delhi also responded positively and since then both armies decided to hold fire.Army sources said for the first three years the ceasefire was more or less observed in letter and spirit by both the countries. Pakistani however started showing its true colors in 2006 when it started firing on Indian positions occasionally. Around 15 Indian security personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations from 2009 to August 2012.

After 7-month lull, Pakistan violates border ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir

After a lull of nearly seven months, the ceasefire on the Line of Control was violated again on Sunday with Pakistan army resorting to mortar shelling and firing in Poonch sector, a development that comes amid a fresh chill in relations between the two countries.”The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of J and K,” Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar and automatic weapon fire in the Shahpur area of Poonch sector at 0430 hours. “Our troops responded appropriately and no casualties or damage to our troops was reported,” the spokesman added. The ceasefire violation comes after nearly seven months as last such incident took place on September 18, 2015 in the Balakote sector of Poonch district. “Today’s ceasefire violation is the first major such incident of 2016,” a senior army officer said.Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, the officer said. While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the International Border (IB), 152 incidents were reported along the LoC, he said.Around 8,000 people were temporarily affected due to the ceasefire violations and had to be shifted to safer locations. Introducing a fresh chill in ties between the two neighbours, Pakistan had earlier this month said the bilateral peace process stands “suspended” while indicating that it would not allow Indian investigators looking into the Pathankot air force base attack to travel there.Meanwhile, in Islamabad, Pakistan army accused India of resorting to firing across the LoC in the Neza Pir sector. The Pakistan army said “heavy unprovoked firing and shelling” started at around 11:40 PM on Saturday and went on until about 4:45 AM.It said that Pakistan Army troops provided a “befitting reponse” to the firing. No loss of life or property has been reported so far, according to Pakistan army. The two countries had agreed to border ceasefire in 2003.

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