<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Accusing the Pakistan Army of having the licence to ‘kill, rape and torture Baloch people and to take out their organs to sell them, Baloch Kurd liberation activist and World Baloch Women’s Forum president Naela Quadri Baloch has demanded that the United Nations, which has ‘turned blind and has closed its ears and mouth’, to wake up and listen what is going on in Balochistan.”The Pakistani Army has (a) licence to kill us, licence to rape us, licence to torture, licence to take out organs and sell them, because the Pakistani Army is involved in the organ trade of the Baloch people with the help of the Edhi Foundation; and, Pakistan is running rape cells, where Baloch women are abducted, kept and raped. Pakistan is doing all kinds of those atrocities that a sane human mind cannot imagine,” Naela told ANI.Stating that Pakistan is committing this genocide of the Baloch people with the full support of China as a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’, Naela said: “The International Day of Human Rights was announced by the UN, but it is silent despite the atrocities and the level of genocide going on in Balochistan by the Pakistan Army and the Pakistani establishment. It’s like a kind of situation where Baloch people have no rights that even your animals have.”Buttressing her claims, the Baloch activist said, “We have found more than 100 mass graves with more than 100 bodies in each, and doctors say they were alive when they were buried in those mass graves.”They are burning Baloch villages and towns, it is a situation that no human heart can see and keep silent, she said, adding, “But we are surprised and we are worried about the legal status of the UN now.”She said that what is going on in a part of the world (Balochistan) is very much needed for connecting the Indian Ocean to the Central Asia; it’s very much needed to be a route; it’s very much needed for people’s trade; and it’s very much needed for the economic corridor (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor-CPEC). “It is not a corridor; it is our home; it is a corridor for outsider; it is a corridor for occupiers and passersby; for us it is our home,” she said.Naela said, “The United Nations is blind and has closed its ears and mouth to what?s going on in this part of the world. And this is the seventieth 10th December that the Baloch people are facing, and the UN is silent. So, on this day, on the behalf of the Baloch nation, on this International Day of Human Rights, we demand the UN to please wake up and to please listen what is going on in Balochistan.”Yes, you are the United Nations, a nation of 40 million people, one of the biggest nations on the earth is living without a country and needs you, said Naela, adding: “A nation is going to be finished from the face of the earth, so we are an endangered nation.””You (UN) work for the endangered species and animals, the world is working for them but what if we are endangered? So, the Baloch nation is going to be finished from the face of the earth and the U.N. is silent and the international community is silent, it’s a very-very worrisome situation for us,” she added.Meanwhile, to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10 (Saturday), Baloch political activists across world, including the UK, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Germany and many other European nations held protests against the atrocities committed by the Pakistan establishment on their people back home.It was on December 10, 1948, when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.In Geneva (Switzerland), Abdul Bugti of Baloch Republican Party said, “The objective of the protest demonstration is to highlight the abuses in Balochistan on this occasion. There are massive human rights abuses going on in Balochistan by the ‘terror-state’ of Pakistan, its army and intelligence agencies.””They are engaged in killing and enforced disappearances of Baloch civilians on daily basis. We have been highlighting these issues and we want international community to stop Baloch genocide,” he added.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016-10:06pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India should plan offensive and covert operations to take target militant leaders and hit the Pakistani Army hard, two former Army chiefs said on Tuesday. Former Army chief Gen (retd) Bikram Singh was of the view that Indian should exploit the fault lines in Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) so that the Pakistani Army is forced to concentrate internally and not externally. “We need to create asymmetric capabilities which includes doing covert operations and targeting militant leaders,” he said, adding the adversary should “feel the pain” and be put in an “embarrassing spot”.Speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak here, former Army chief Gen (retd) VP Malik said, “Till now we have been focusing on defensive operation. We now have to look at offensive operation.” He was of the view that an all-out war between India and Pakistan or India and China was “unlikely”. To have a better planning of security needs, military experts should be roped into the government and be made minister of state for Defence, Malik suggested.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former home secretary RK Singh advocated for adopting a “tit for tat” policy against Pakistan on Wednesday and stressed that there should be no bilateral talks with the neighbouring state till it supports terrorism. His remarks comes ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz’s visit to India to take part in the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar this week. “His (Aziz) coming and participating in a multilateral conference, I don’t think that it is a problem. But bilateral talks no. There is no point in talking to them (Pakistan).Whenever we have started a dialogue with them, we only had terror attacks,” the BJP MP from Ara in Bihar said. He said that it should be made clear to the neighbouring state that the present Indian government has a new policy of “hitting back”. Asked whether Pakistan should be declared a terror state, he said that such a declaration from India will not lead to anything but if it is done at the international forum, then sanctions will be imposed and Pakistan will “feel the pain”.”If we (India) alone declares it as terror state, nothing will happen. If it is declared at the international forum, then sanctions will be imposed on it. Then it (Pakistan) will feel the pain. And if Pakistan does not change its policies, then that time will also come. “It is not only our problem, but it is world’s problem.” “This attack is a message that no matter who the chief (Pakistan army) is, our (Pakistan’s) policy remains the same.We need to tell them that our policy does not remain the same. During the previous governments, the policy was different. This government has a policy of hitting back,” he said.Referring to the recent terror attack on the army camp in Nagrota, he said the targeting is done by Pakistani army and ISI who not only train and arm these jihadis, but also send them across the border and give covering fire (while crossing border). “One should not take it as a Jihadi attack. This attack is by Pakistani Army and ISI. They just use jihadis. And the answer to this is only one. If someone hits you, you hit back. “This we have started through surgical strike. And it is not that we have done it once and we will not do again. It should be made clear to Pakistan that ‘tit for tat’ is our new policy,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian shelling across the frontier into Pakistani Occupied Kashmir hit a bus, killing at least nine people and wounding 11, Pakistani officials said, as tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours simmers.Indian troops attacked the bus “with small and big arms” in the town of Lawat, senior police official Jamil Mir told Reuters.Pakistan’s military media wing, ISPR, said in a statement that seven people were killed and seven wounded.Lawat is 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani-held Kashmir, in the upper belt of Neelum Valley that straddles the de facto border splitting Kashmir between India and Pakistan.Indian officials did not comment on the deaths but a military spokesman said the Pakistani Army initiated “indiscriminate” firing on Wednesday morning on Indian Army posts in Bhimber Gali, Krishna Ghati and Nawshera sectors.
ALSO READ Another Indian soldier’s body mutilated, Pakistan denies chargesRelations between Pakistan and India have been strained for several months, while cross-frontier shelling has intensified leading to deaths of civilians and soldiers stationed along the disputed frontier.Kashmir lies at the heart of the tension. The countries have fought two of their three wars over the region since partition and independence from Britain in 1947.
New Delhi: Indian Army on Thursday denied Pakistan’s claim of killing its soldiers after Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif said 11 Indian soldiers were killed in cross border firing on 14 November.
“No fatal casualties due to Pak firing on 14, 15 or 16 Nov. Pak Army Chief claim of killing Indian soldiers on 14 Nov false,” Northern Command of Indian Army said in a tweet.
According to a report in Dawn newspaper, General Sharif on Wednesday said 11 Indian soldiers were killed on 14 November after Pakistan Army “responded to unprovoked firing”.
On 14 November, Pakistan had said seven of its soldiers were killed in firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Also on the same day, one terrorist was killed by Indian soldiers while attempting infiltration amid Pakistan Army’s shelling and firing at one of three Indian positions on the LoC in Rajouri and Jammu districts.
First Published On : Nov 17, 2016 10:18 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops on Monday resorted to shelling and firing on Indian posts in four sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, in which two persons including a jawan were injured.”There have been unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistani Army in Sunderbani and Naushera sectors of Rajouri district and Pallanwala sector of Jammu district,” a defence spokesman said. Pakistani troops used 82mm mortar bombs and automatic weapons on Indian positions from 1440 hours in these sectors, he said. A 67-year-old resident, Mangat Ram, was injured in Pakistani shelling in Khour area in Pallanwala sector, Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said.Pakistani troops also resorted firing along LoC in Khadi area of Poonch district, according to reports. One jawan was injured in the firing in Poonch. The defence spokesman said the Indian troops gave “befitting reply” to Pakistani firing. The violations of the ceasefire came after a lull of a few days on the border. On November 12, an army jawan was killed in Pakistani firing in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.On November 10, another jawan, Satnam Singh, was killed in snipper shots from across the LoC in Machail sector of North Kashmir.On November 8, two army jawans were killed in firing and shelling along LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district. 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. 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 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. There have been 186 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the over 190km International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier, while 104 violations of the agreement took place along the over 500km Line of Control (LoC).
Kashmir: Pakistan says Indian troops killed seven soldiers in ceasefire violation
Islamabad: The Pakistani military said on Monday that seven of its soldiers had been killed in firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Seven soldiers embraced ‘shahadat’ at the LoC in Bhimber sector in cross-fire LoC violation by Indian troops late last night,” said the Inter-Services Public Relations, the army’s media wing.
The LoC divides the Indian and Pakistan parts of Kashmir.
It said Pakistani troops responded to India’s “unprovoked firing” and “targeted Indian posts effectively”.
Pakistani authorities last week lodged protests with India and with the UN military observers over the targeting of civilian population by Indian troops.
Pakistan says the civilian death toll in Indian shelling has risen to at least 25 in the past few weeks.
First Published On : Nov 14, 2016 15:08 IST
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four employees of Pakistan High Commission posted in New Delhi left India on Wednesday to return to Pakistan.According to a Times of India report, the officials returned via the Wagah border.This news comes amidst growing strain in relations between India and Pakistan. Both the countries had on October 27 declared that one staffer each at their High Commissions in New Delhi and Islamabad ‘persona non-grata’ would be recalled in a retaliatory action after Indian police uncovered a spy ring involving an employee of the Pakistani mission.Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the High Commission and had diplomatic immunity, was reportedly procuring critical details including those about deployment of BSF personnel along the Indo-Pak border from two accomplices who were also arrested in Delhi, police said.
ALSO READ Espionage case: Top ISI officer led spy ring syndicate in Pakistan High CommissionDescribed as the kingpin of the spy ring, 35-year-old Akhtar belongs to the Baloch regiment of Pakistani Army and was on deputation to spy agency ISI since 2013, investigators said, adding they also probing possible involvement of more people from the Pakistani mission.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amidst the escalating tension between India and Pakistan, the Border Security Force (BSF) will not be exchanging sweets with the Pakistan Rangers at the Attari-Wagah Border on the occasion of Diwali on Sunday. This move by the BSF is in protest to the growing incidents of ceasefire violations across the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border.Ever since the Indian Army on September 29th carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, ceasefire violations are a daily norm along the LoC and five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured since. The Indian Army yesterday launched retaliatory fire assaults at Pakistan Army positions, inflicting massive damage across the border by destroying four Pakistani posts in a massive assault across the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran Sector of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.An Indian soldier was also killed on Friday and his body was mutilated by terrorists in an attack near the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. The army had said “the incident will be responded to appropriately”, adding the attackers had fled into Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir “under the cover of heavy firing by Pakistan army”. Sepoy Mandeep Singh, who died in the attack, was 27 years old. The attack took place under cover fire provided by the Pakistan Army. One terrorist was killed in the strike.On October 21, the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist in Kathua and on October 25, around three Pakistani Army personnel were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan was killed accidentally while he was retaliating to ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector along the Line of Control in Kashmir. BSF constable Nitin Subhash sustained grievous injuries on Friday evening when an explosion inside the chamber of the long range weapon led to a recoil while he was firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation from across the LoC, BSF IG (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra said.”Subhash was injured due to recoil and was admitted to a medical facility where he succumbed late last night,” the official said.Earlier, a top BSF official had said that the jawan was killed on Saturday in firing by Pakistani troops.28-year-old Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years. Pakistan Rangers also violate ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border on Saturday.In Macchil sector, terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, had last night crossed the Line of Control in the sector. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir. In Friday night’s attack, one militant was also killed. “In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one solider was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan Army,” an army spokesman had said. He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.Two civilians were also killed and as many injured on Friday after Pakistani troops pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts. BSF on Friday said that it had killed 15 Pakistani soldiers in retaliatory firing along IB so far after the flare up started.
Srinagar: A BSF jawan was killed in ceasefire violation on Saturday by Pakistani troops in Macchil sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
28-year-old Constable Koli Nitin Subhash, hailing from Sangli in Maharashtra, was martyred on Saturday morning in firing by Pakistani security forces, a BSF official said.
Subhash had joined BSF in 2008 and is survived by his wife and two sons aged four years and two years.
The fresh casualty came hours after terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, last night crossed the Line of Control in the sector. They killed an Indian army jawan and mutilated his body prompting the Indian army to warn that “the incident will be responded to appropriately”.
Four army and three BSF personnel have died in the latest escalation along the boundary with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers also violate ceasefire in RS Pura and Kathua sectors along International Border on Saturday.
In last night’s attack, one attacker was killed in the incident.
“In an encounter close to the Line of Control this evening, one solider was martyred and one terrorist was killed. The terrorists mutilated the body of the jawan before fleeing back into Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir under the cover of firing by Pakistan Army,” an army spokesman said.
He said the incident reflected the barbarism pervading in official and unofficial organisations in Pakistan.
Two civilians were killed and as many injured on Friday after Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward India posts with 120 mm mortar shells and automatic weapons in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts.
BSF on Friday said that it killed 15 Pakistani soldiers till now in retaliatory firing along IB.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Besides an Indian Army soldier, a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan also lost his life in the ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Machhal sector of Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Last night, in an encounter close to the Line of Control in Machhal sector, an Indian Army soldier lost his life and a terrorist was also neutralised.During the encounter, a terrorist mutilated the body of the soldier before fleeing into Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts. “This barbarism is a true reflection which pervades official and non-official organisation across the border. This act will invite an appropriate response,” the Indian Army said in a statement. Meanwhile, heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan has been reported in Kathua and Abdullian in RS Pura sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops are giving a befitting response to the ceasefire violation initiated by Pakistan. On Friday, A BSF head constable was killed and seven civilians injured as Pakistan Rangers on Thursday continued firing mortar shells and small arms in RS Pura and Arnia sectors, while the Pakistani army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Sunderbani, Mendhar and KG sectors. However, A BSF spokesperson, said that a Pakistan Ranger was also killed and another injured in retaliatory fire. Ever since the Indian Army on September 29th carried out surgical strikes targeting terror launch pads in PoK, ceasefire violations are a daily norm along the LoC and five Indians, including four security personnel, have been killed and 34 injured since. On October 21st, the BSF killed seven Pakistan Rangers and a terrorist in Kathua and on October 25, around three Pakistani Army personnel were reportedly killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan violated ceasefire by using mortar shells in Kathua sector of Jammu and Kashmir at around 7:20 am on Saturday. The BSF said that it had retaliated with small arms and that there were no casualties.Late Friday night, the Army said that Pakistan had violated ceasefire along the LoC in Sundarbani and Pallanwala sectors in Rajouri and Jammu districts.The latest violation comes in the wake of a “barbaric” incident in which terrorists, aided by the cover fire by Pakistani Army, crossed the Line of Control on Friday and killed an Indian army jawan. The terrorists mutilated his body in Macchil sector of Kupwara district of Kashmir. One attacker was killed in the incident which the Indian army said will be “responded to appropriately”.As military confrontation increased on the border, the BSF on Friday claimed to have killed 15 Pakistani soldiers over the last one week. BSF, which primarily guards the International Border with Pakistan, said it had also foiled two infiltration bids in Samba district three days ago. Besides, BAT (Border Action Team) attacks from Pakistani side along the Line of Control have also been thwarted.However, the Pakistan army on Friday claimed that none of its soldiers had died at the border, contradicting the BSF’s assertion. Pakistan accused India of killing three civilians and wounding five others in cross-border fire in the Nakyal sector.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSFsaid on Friday it had killed 15 Pakistani paramilitary personnel while retaliating to cross- border shelling and firing in which two Indian civilians were killed and two injured in Jammu region.Firing mortar shells and using automatic weapons, Pakistani troops targeted civilian areas and forward security posts along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. BSF said that as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling, it appeared that Pakistani Army is supporting its paramilitary Rangers along the IB.In retaliatory firing, 15 Pakistani rangers have been killed so far, BSF said. “At 1720 hour yesterday, Pakistan Rangers started unprovoked heavy firing and shelling in Kathua Sector of Jammu which further spread to Hiranagar and Samba. It continued till 0500 hours today in the area of 24 BSF posts,” a senior BSF officer said. BSF Additional Director General Arun Kumar told reporters here that a befitting reply was being given to the Pakistani shelling and firing. “Fifteen Pakistani soliders have been killed in retaliatory firing and shelling by BSF. We have destroyed their OP (outposts) and damaged a few,” Kumar said.As per the ammunition (120 mm mortars) used, it appears that Pakistani army is supporting the Rangers, he said after laying wreath at the mortal remains of BSF martyr Jitendra Kumar. “In the Pakistani shelling, one civilian died in Khour belt of Pallanwala sector today,” Jammu Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh said, adding another civilian was injured in R S Pura sector.Similarly, one woman Usma Bi, aged 50 years, was killed in shelling by Pakistan on Gohlad village in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district today, Defence spokesman said. Another civilian was injured in area, the reports said.
Kashmir: Solider dies as Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri district
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.
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
After the surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on 29 September (to destroy terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir), Pakistan stepped up cross-border firing and violated the Line of Control ceasefire at least 20 times.
In the wake of the increasing violations of this nature, the BSF has increased deployment of its troops (and technical equipment) along the International Border (IB). People living in the areas along the LoC, have been evacuated and moved to safer places.
In 2015, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan. While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the IB, 152 incidents were reported along the LoC.
Here are is a dateline of all the violations that took place since the surgical strike.
On 30 September, a day after the announcement by the Indian government about the surgical strikes carried out by the armed forces on terror launch pads near LoC, Pakistan violated the ceasefire. Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district. The troops had restored to small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district during the night.
This was the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September.
“There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said.
The firing had lasted for an hour and a half. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.
On 29 September Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty.
On 1 October, the Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs and heavy machine guns along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil.
There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, which lasted around three hours. There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and heavy machine guns and small arms firing on forward positions along the LoC in Pallanwala sector and Chamb area of Akhnoor tehsil.
Police said the Pakistani troops targeted Badoo and Chanoo hamlets and the villagers residing near the LoC were evacuated and shifted to safer places.
On 2 October, Pakistani troops launched firing and shelling on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district this evening.
On 3 October, the Pakistani troops intensified action, by violating ceasefire four times. They resorted to heavy mortar shelling and firing on Indian Army posts and civilian areas along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving five civilians injured and several shops ablaze.
The firing and shelling was carried out in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors in Poonch district, officials said.
Reports said in the retaliatory action by the Indian Army, one Pakistani post Twiven was destroyed.
The Pakistani troops fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.
In shelling, five people were injured in Shahpur Kerni and Saujian sectors, officials said, adding the injured have
On 4 October, violating the border ceasefire five times since Monday, Pakistan troops pounded Indian military and civilian positions in 10 areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region, provoking retaliation.
The Pakistani troops resorted to shelling of mortar bombs and small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.
Firing and shelling along LoC was reported from Balnoi and Krishnagati sector in Poonch district.
One jawan reportedly suffered minor injuries in the action.
Pakistani troops targeted Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri sub-sectors of Noushera belt. They fired mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms.
On 5 October, the Pakistan troops violated the border ceasefire four times as they resorted to heavy shelling and firing on Indian posts and civilian areas in Poonch, Rajouri and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sunderbani and Krishnagati sectors in Rajouri and Poonch district, said Defence PRO Manish Mehta.
A senior army officer said ceasefire violations also took place in Mendhar sector of Poonch and Macchil sector of
Mehta said Pakistan troops shelled mortar bombs and fired from automatic and small weapons.
With inputs from PTI
Quoting disclosures by Mirpur SP, CNN-News18 confirmed the surgical strikes, which Pakistan so vehemently refused to acknowledge, were actually carried out by India on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control on 29 September.
Mirpur SP, who was under the impression that he was speaking to his superior IG Mushtaq, confirmed claims made by the Indian Army to News18‘s Investigations Editor Manoj Gupta.
Not only did the SP confirm the timings of the strike, he also revealed the areas that were under attack – Leepa and Asmani in Bhimber – and the number of people killed. He said the Pakistan Army had cordoned off all these areas immediately after the Indian Army’s strikes.
“Sir, that was night… you can say roughly 3-4 hours… between 2 am and 4 or 5am… the attack continued between that time,” Mirpur SP told CNN-News18.
He further said that 12 people were killed and were buried in 12 coffins in their villages.
The SP also said that the Pakistan Army put the bodies in ambulances and took them away, adding that many have been buried in villages and that his personnel were evaluating the coffin boxes.
Listing the names of five Pakistani soldiers who were killed and nine injured in the strikes (names redacted adhering to the code of standards and practices of CNN-News18 which prevented them from publishing the details), Mirpur SP said, “A mosque has also been damaged. It is near the post in Leepa. These are all details of the 29th… when the surgical strike happened.”
When asked if any locals or jihadis were killed, Mirpur SP said, “No locals died. But there is a probability that jihadis have been killed.”
In another shocking revelation, Mirpur SP admitted that the Pakistani Army facilitates jihadi movement in forward areas and arranges for their crossing over to India. “The Army brings them (lashkaris)… it is in their hands,” he said.
On probing if the army is not letting information about the jihadis out and hides them, Mirpur Sp said,”Sir, that happens… Yes sir, they do that, we know. This is why the area has been cordoned off…”
India has not officially announced how many militants were killed in the strikes, only saying it managed to neutralise a “significant” number of terrorists. However, Islamabad has disputed the Indian claim of surgical strikes and said it lost two soldiers in cross-border firing by Indian troops that night.
On 29 September, the Indian Army carried out “surgical strikes” along the de facto border with Pakistan in Kashmir to thwart a series of attacks being planned against major cities, the Army said.
Pakistan’s military, however, accused India of killing two of its soldiers in “unprovoked firing” along the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory and said its troops had responded while maintaining that no such strike was carried out by India across the Line of Control (LoC).
Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, the director-general of military operations, said the decision to launch the strikes had been taken after the military determined the launchpads had been set up with “an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in Jammu and Kashmir and various other metros in our country.”
The strikes came after the government accused Pakistan-based militants of launching a deadly assault on an army base in Uri, Kashmir earlier this month that killed 19 soldiers.
India has also been on a diplomatic drive to isolate its arch rival and fellow nuclear power since the attack on the base on 18 September.
But soon a debate raged over whether the government should release evidence of the army’s strikes with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy favouring putting out an edited version of the video on the action while most experts spoke against it.
Rejecting the demand, the ruling BJP attacked some Congress leaders and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal for raising questions over the strikes and accused them of giving a handle to Pakistan to advance its false propaganda.
The Congress, on its part, insisted that it never questioned the authenticity of the strikes but steered clear of the demand, including from within its own ranks, for the release of evidence, saying it would give appropriate advice in the best interest of national security if consulted by the government.
A large number of countries, including Russia, have congratulated India on these strikes, he said.
Former army chief Gen VP Malik slammed those questioning the credibility of the strikes saying, “The video should not be released just because some stupid people have sought so.”
BJP Spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said, “At a time when the whole world has stopped believing Pakistan we have the spectacle of Congress, Kejriwal and other parties questioning strike carried out by our armed forces and giving a handle to Pakistan to advance its false propaganda.”
Reacting to the newspaper report, he said the credibility of Indian armed forces is so high that the whole world has rallied behind India and supported surgical strikes. “We do not need to rely on any media report to justify the statement of the armed forces.”
Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir on Wednesday said footage of the strike has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office by the Army.
Asked if the government planned to share the video, he said: “No such decision has been taken yet, a call can only be taken by the Prime Minister.”
“A nation has its own policies and one needs to practise restraint. People like Sanjay Nirupam and Arvind Kejriwal listen to Pakistan. The DGMO did the briefing and everyone in India believes it,” the minister said.
With inputs from agencies
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Army on Thursday crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and inflicted heavy casualties on terrorist launch pads based in Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK). A rare cross-border surgical strikes was carried out by the Indian Army’s elite Special Forces (SF), 11 days after Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) terrorists killed 18 Indian Army soldiers and amidst growing clamour within India for retaliation.Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh in a briefing said, “Based on specific and credible inputs that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along Line of Control to carry out infiltration and conduct terrorist strikes inside Jammu and Kashmir and in various metros in other states, the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes at several of these launch pads to preempt infiltration by terrorists.”“I have been in touch with Pakistan Army DGMO and have informed him of our actions. It is India’s intention to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region,” he said further.Though he did not share more operation details, reliable Army sources, both at the headquarters here and in Northern Command said that seven terrorist launch pads and camps were destroyed by the troops of 4 and 9 para special forces leading to 40 odd casualties on their side. Two Indian Army soldiers were also injured but safely brought back and are being treated at an army hospital.The entire operation went on from 12.30 AM to 4. 30 AM was a combination of heliborne and ground forces and no Indian chopper crossed over the LoC even as para troopers were air dropped at advanced pre decided locations near the LoC, sources said.Special Forces, divided into three groups went up to three kilometres inside PoK. They were divided in three groups and carried out the attack in Lepa valley, Tatta Pani and Bimber areas across LoC even as India fired heavy artillery guns to divert attention so that the SF troops could sneak in. Sources also told dna that while the three service chiefs met defence minister Manohar Parrikar hours before the operation. While the DGMO monitored the operation from the war room at South Block, at the tactical headquarters of Northern Command in Udhampur, live UAV footage of the operation was being monitored. Curiously, Muzaffarabad-based media- eportedly said that Pakistani Army, around midnight on Wednesday, minutes before the Indian Army assault, had issued an advisory to PoK residents through local media to stay inside. PoK-based media also reported that tourists are vacating the area and movement on road 50% less than on a routine day. They further claimed that besides Pakistani military installations, civilians also bore the brunt of artillery firing.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another ceasefire violation after the Uri terror attack, Pakistani troops on Thursday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.However, there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, a police officer said.”Pakistani troops resorted to firing by small arms along the LoC in Sabzian area of Poonch district this evening,” a police officer said.Earlier on September 20, two days after the terror attack in Uri, Pakistani troops violated the border ceasefire in the same sector of Kashmir, targeting Indian army positions with small firearms.On September 6, Pakistani Army pounded Indian positions with 120 mm mortar bombs and firing along the LoC in Poonch district.On September 2, Pakistani troops had resorted to ceasefire violation by firing on forward army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district
Pakistan violates ceasefire at LoC yet again, targets Indian positions in Poonch
Jammu: In yet another ceasefire violation after the Uri terror attack, Pakistani troops on Wednesday targeted Indian positions with small firearms along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
However, there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, a police officer said.
“Pakistani troops resorted to firing by small arms along the LoC in Sabzian area of Poonch district this evening,” a police officer said.
Earlier on 20 September, two days after the terror attack in Uri, Pakistani troops violated the border ceasefire in the same sector of Kashmir, targeting Indian army positions with small firearms.
On 6 September, Pakistani Army pounded Indian positions with 120 mm mortar bombs and firing along the LoC in Poonch district.
On 2 September, Pakistani troops had resorted to ceasefire violation by firing on forward army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector in Jammu district.