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AIR plans special Punjabi service for Pakistan Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hoping to bring Pakistani Punjabis closer, reach out to the wider Punjabi diaspora and also counter neighbour Pakistan’s radio penetration in its territory, India is planning a special radio service in Punjabi.The cleverly named Des Punjab, or country Punjab, which sends out the message of cultural oneness, will be implemented by India’s national broadcaster All India Radio (AIR), a senior official told DNA.At present, a 20 KW FM transmitter installed in the Punjab border district of Fazilka carries AIR’s Urdu service for listeners in the region. Although it covers a radius of 80 km, has a penetration of up to 68 km inside Pakistan and caters to nearly 36 lakh Pakistani listeners, it misses its target as most of the audience speaks Punjabi.”So, instead of carrying on with the Urdu service, AIR has plans to revitalise its existing internal Punjabi language channel from Jalandhar and broadcast it from Fazilka. The idea is to bring the once undivided Punjab closer and make it a medium for the Punjabi diaspora across the world while countering the popularity of Pakistan’s radio channels in India’s border areas, broadcast from Okara and Lahore,” an official explained.The same Punjabi service can also be broadcast from the Amritsar tower once it is commissioned.A 20 KW FM transmitter installed at Amritsar can reach Lahore, about 30 km away, as well as Pakistan’s Gujranwala and Sialkot areas, where people are predominantly Punjabi speaking.The current Urdu service includes programmes highlighting India’s point of view on Kashmir, countering claims on India made by Pakistan media, discussions on “India’s secular values” as well as entertainment programmes on music, art and heritage. The Punjabi service bulletins will have similar content, sources said.Similar initiatives will be taken in other regions bordering Pakistan. A total of 88 transmitters will be installed across the borders. Some work on this is already underway with other FM transmitters in the process of being installed in Himbotingla in Ladakh region, Naushera in Poonch district, Patnitok in Udhampur as well as in Uri, Kargil, Amritsar, the Chautan hill in Rajasthan border and the Gujarat-Bhuj border.Many of these border areas are already covered by medium wave and short wave transmitters. This includes Kargil which offers a much longer range than FM transmitters. However, the transmission through medium wave transmitters is not clear; they are getting old and worn out and there is severe shortage of spare parts.”While FM transmitters would cater to smaller distance as compared to the existing medium wave and short wave transmitters, they would be more effective with clearer transmission. It will also ensure better reach with most people accessing FM radio on their mobile phones,” an official said.

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.

Pakistan Army resorts to firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector, India retaliates

Jammu: Pakistani troops resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LOC) in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district, on Thursday evening prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.

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“Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Pallanwala sector at 1915 hours today, using automatic weapons and mortars.

“The same is being responded to befittingly by own troops”, a defence spokesman said.

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 Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 22:34 IST

Two more soldiers killed on LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan army killed two more Indian soldiers when they resorted to firing and shelling at two different places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last 24 hours, Indian army lost three soldiers in Pakistan firing and shelling on the LoC. On Tuesday, a soldier was killed in Naushera sector of LoC in Rajouri. The death toll of soldiers in Pakistani firing and shelling on LoC and International Border has now touched 13 since the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on the terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on September 29.Around 12 civilians have also been killed and around 50 others injured in Pakistani firing and shelling on the civilian areas since surgical strikes. Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, defence spokesman at Jammu, said Pakistan army initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian army posts along the LoC in Naushera sector on November 8. “In the ensuing unprovoked shelling, Non Commissioned Officer Naik Prem Singh was martyred. Naik Harindra Kumar Yadav sustained grievous injuries and was immediately rushed to the hospital. However, the brave heart succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The army has responded appropriately to the unprovoked firing by the Pakistan army”, he said.Hailing from village Shahar, Tehsil Bayatu, district Barmer in Rajasthan, Naik Prem Singh, 26, is survived by his wife Raina. Hailing from Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh, Naik Harindra Kumar Yadav 30 , is survived by his wife Gyanti and three young children. Pakistan army opened another front in Machil sector of LoC on Wednesday when they sniped at Indian army soldier killing him on the spot. “One soldier martyred in Pakistan sniping at Machhal Sector”, tweeted Northern Command of Indian army.Indian army launched a massive fire assault to target the Pakistani army posts. “In retaliation fire assault with heavy weapons being directed on many Pakistan posts”, said the Northern Command. Figures reveal since surgical strikes, Pakistan has carried out more than 105 ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border.Indian troops have foiled 61 Pakistan abetted infiltration bids both on LoC and IB since 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.

Army loses another jawan, 11th since surgical strikes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the border security with military chiefs on Tuesday, another Indian soldier was martyred in Naushera on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu division.With this the number of Indian soldiers killed in Pakistani firing and shelling on LoC and International Border (IB) since the September 29 surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has touched 11. Around 12 civilians also succumbed to Pakistan shelling during this period.The unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan army in Naushera sector started in the morning when they used 82 mm mortars and automatics to target Indian positions. Defence spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta in Jammu said heavy damage has been caused to Pakistan army posts. Pak army is using long range weapons including 82 mm mortars, with a range of 4.5 kms, and 120 mm mortars, which have a range of 7 kms, to target deep into the civilian areas along the LoC.Figures reveal Pakistan has carried out more than 105 ceasefire violations with Indian troops foiling 61 Pakistan-abetted infiltration bids. They also confirm 405 incidents of cross-border firing along the Indo-Pak border in J&K in 2015, killing 16 civilians. Of this 253 incidents of cross-border firing have taken place along the IB and 152 along the LoC.

Pakistan resorts to shelling, one jawan killed; India damages 3 Pak posts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops resorted to shelling on Indian posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, inviting a strong response in which three Pakistani military posts were said to have been damaged.”One jawan has been martyred in Pakistan shelling along LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district today,” said an officer of Army’s Northern Command.Firing by Pakistani troops along LoC in Naushera sector started around 8:45 am on Tuesday.”Heavy exchange of fire is going on. Heavy damage has been caused to Pakistan Army posts. Their three posts have been damaged,” a senior army official said. In another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district from around 1345 hours. Indian troops guarding the border, retaliated resulting in exchanges.”Pakistani troops used 120 mm mortars and automatic weapons during the ceasefire violation,” a defence spokesman said, adding befitting reply was given to them without any casualty on the Indian side.Meanwhile, two jawans are reported to have been injured in shelling by Pakistan in Kalal belt along LoC. It may be recalled that Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire and resorted to firing in Mankote and Balakote areas of Mendhar sector in Poonch district yesterday.Earlier, on November 6, two army jawans were killed and five others–two soldiers, a BSF officer and two women–were injured as Pakistani army opened fire in an attempt to facilitate two infiltration bids along the LoC in Krishna Ghati and Poonch sectors of Poonch district.There have been over 100 ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strike.

Pak firing kills 8 civilians, injures 24 in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani forces have unleashed bloodbath on the borders in Jammu and Kashmir. Eight civilians, including two children, were killed and 24 others injured in Pakistani shelling on civilian areas and forward posts along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu division on Tuesday.Hundreds of civilians are trapped in villages as authorities are unable to evacuate them due to the heavy cross-border shelling. The Border Security Force (BSF) launched a calibrated retaliation and destroyed more than 14 Pakistani posts on the IB, opposite the Ramgarh and the Arnia sectors in the Jammu division.”They (Pakistan Rangers) are targeting civilians. What does that mean? Obviously they are frustrated. We are retaliating beyond their expectations. We are responding in those sectors where they fire on us”, said DK Upadhayay, Inspector-General of BSF, Jammu Frontier.Panic gripped the entire border belt in Jammu, prompting the government to close down schools. “Around 350 schools will remain closed,” said Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu. According to Jammu Deputy Commissioner Sheetal Nanda, 45 border schools were closed down in the Samba sector. Poonch Deputy Commissioner Haroon Malik said that 84 border schools were closed in the Balakot zone in his district.The Ramgarh sector in Samba district was hit the worst by the Pakistani shelling, which started at 6.30 am on Tuesday. Pakistani Rangers targeted villages, using 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, leaving six people dead and injuring 10 others. The slain included seven-year-old Rishab and five-year-old Abhi.”Five died due to the shelling and one died of the shock. We are verifying whether the man who died of shock also lost his life because of shelling. Ramgarh was quiet for some days and people were reluctant to move out as their crops were ready and there were cattle as well. This shelling started all of sudden at 6.30 am and has been continuing since then,” Sheetal Nanda, District Development Commissioner, Samba, said.Later, the Pakistan Army took charge and resorted to heavy shelling on civilian areas and forward posts in the Rajouri sector, killing two women. “There are two casualties in the Manjokote area. The two women were in their homes when a shell hit them. Three others were injured,” Shabir Ahmad Bhat, District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, said.Police said three porters were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to heavy shelling in the Naushera area of Rajouri district. “One mortar shell landed very close to the Mendhar police station,” said Johnny Williams, Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Rajouri-Poonch range.Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta, Defence Spokesman at Jammu, said that there was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Naushera sector since 5.30 am using 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, which is being befittingly and appropriately responded to.”Unprovoked ceasefire violation was carried out by by the Pakistan Army in the Balakote sector from 9 am using automatic weapons and 120 mm mortars,” he said.Expressing deep anguish over the loss of human lives, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a fervent appeal for dialogue between India and Pakistan. “The escalation of violence along the border and LoC should remind India and Pakistan about the inevitability of sitting across the table to find a peaceful, just and pragmatic solution to all contentious issues. World over, we see how wars have completely destroyed prosperous countries and annihilated cultures. It is the responsibility of the Indo-Pak political leadership to save the region from such a devastating scenario,” she said.

As casualties rise, Rajnath Singh reviews tense LoC situation with Parrikar, Doval

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With cross-border firing escalating, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday reviewed the situation along the Indo-Pak border where eight civilians were killed and 22 injured due to Pakistani shelling and two Pakistani soldiers killed after Indian forces retaliated. The meeting, attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Army chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag and other top officials, took stock of the situation along the International Border (IB) and the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.Singh asked for strong action to be taken against those who are worsening the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Incidents of schools being set on fire in Jammu & Kashmir, ceasefire violations by Pakistan and BSF’s befitting reply to it were also discussed in the meet. The top security brass briefed the Home Minister and the Defence Minister the steps taken to counter firing by Pakistani forces, official sources said.Since early morning, Pakistan troops resorted to heavy shelling of hamlets and military posts in Samba, Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts along the IB and the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The Pakistani troops used heavy calibre weapons like 120 mm and 82 mm mortar bombs, army said.The Border Security Force, deployed along the IB, today said it had destroyed 14 posts of Pakistani Rangers in retaliatory action in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Jammu frontier. Army sources also said two Pakistani soldiers were killed in retaliatory firing along LoC opposite to Naushera sector of Rajouri district today.In the wake of heavy Pakistani shelling, the government has ordered closure of all the 174 government and private schools situated along the IB and LoC in Jammu. There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 27.

Pakistan shells border hamlets, posts in ceasefire violation; 4 civilians killed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One woman was killed and four others were injured on Tuesday when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by shelling border hamlets and posts with mortar bombs along the International Border (IB) and the LoC in Samba, Jammu and Rajouri districts. In Ramgarh, two boys were killed and 8 others were injured in the firing. In the last 24 hours, the death toll from the ceasefire violation has reached four.”Pakistani Rangers started firing with small arms followed by mortars at one place and further spread to four or five places in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors of Samba and Jammu district from 0630 hours,” DIG BSF (G) Dharmendra Pareek said. They fired 82 mm mortar bombs intermittently, Pareek said, adding, BSF gave them a befitting reply.A woman aged between 21 to 22 years died during shelling in a hamlet in Ramgarh sector of Samba district, SSP Samba Joginder Singh said. Six persons have been injured in the ceasefire violations since Monday.At 7:10 am, three mortar shells landed in the border village of Pindi in Arnia sector of Jammu district, injuring four persons identified as Bodraj (44), Niky, Dharana Devi and Chanchla Devi (49), he said.Two women, Robiya Kouser (28) and Tasveer Bi (24), were injured in Pakistani shelling in Mendhar sector of Poonch district on Monday evening and have been hospitalised, police said.Pakistani troops indulged in unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Naushera sector of Rajouri district from 5:30 am using small arms, automatics, 82 and 120 mm mortars, PRO Defence Lt Col Manish Mehta said.There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. On Monday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts.

J&K: Six civilians injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops in RS Pura sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six civilians were injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani troops along International Border in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir, on Thursday morning.Pakistani Rangers pounded civilian areas and Indian paramilitary posts in two sectors of the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir since Wednesday night, prompting authorities to order closure of schools and advise people to shift to safer places.On Wednesday, an officer of the Border Security Force was injured when a shell fired by Pakistani Rangers exploded near him during overnight ceasefire violation”Assistant Sub Inspector of BSF A K Upadhayay was injured when a shell exploded near him in RS Pura sector. He received splinter injures in his hand,” a BSF spokesman said.Pakistani side was targeting Indian posts and civilian areas with heavy mortar and small arms fire.On October 16, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in Naushera and Rajouri sectors in which one jawan was martyred.On October 8, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Poonch district resulting in injuries to a jawan.Pakistani troops had on October 5 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.

Army jawan killed as Pakistan violates ceasefire second time in a day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indian army jawan was killed as Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in the day on Sunday along the LoC in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. 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 BRICS and BIMSTEC Summits.”There was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along LoC in Rajouri sector resulting in death of a soldier today,” a senior Army officer said about the incident in the evening. The area in which incident took place falls in Tarkundi belt of Rajouri district.Sepoy Sudeesh Kumar (24), hailing from Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh, was killed when Pakistani Army started indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajauri sector, a defence spokesman said.Earlier on Sunday morning too, there was unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops who used small arms to target Indian forward areas in Naushera sector of the same district along the LoC, Defence PRO said.Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in that exchange.A senior Army officer said there have been over 25 ceasefire violations along the LoC since the surgical strikes by Indian Army in PoK on September 29 to dismantle terror launching pads. In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen have sustained injuries in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani armymen have been 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 fired mortar bombs and used 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 resorted 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. Almeida said there was one underestimation on his part. “In writing the story, I was aware that a grenade was being dropped in the news cycle. It has since turned out to be a surgical strike followed by a nuclear attack. I do not regret doing this story. In a place like this, that is a two- way street: in return for not exposing your sources, you get a fair reading of the land,” he added.Almeida said global coverage of his name placing on the ECL has rescued him.”A combination of two things rescued me. First, the global coverage, the system here ultimately responds to local concerns. Second, the wider media, battered and fractured by violent convulsions of its own in recent years, mostly united perhaps as much out of self-preservation than indignation,” he said.

Kashmir: Solider dies as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri district

Kashmir: Solider dies as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri district

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Jammu: An Indian soldier was on Sunday killed in Pakistani firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, police said.

The soldier identified as Sudesh Kumar of 6 Rajput Regiment was killed in sniper firing on the LoC in Tarkundi area of Rajouri on Sunday evening, police said.

Indian Army in action. PTI

Indian Army in action. PTI

The Pakistani Army had earlier on Sunday opened unprovoked firing at Indian positions on the LoC in Rajouri district in the morning.

“Pakistan Army violated ceasefi re in Naushera sector of the LoC using small arms. Our troops have responded befittingly using same calibre weapons,” said defence spokesman, Lt Col Manish Mehta.

“Firing exchanges stopped at 8 am,” he added

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.

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

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