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

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

California almonds new mode of terror funding in LoC trade: NIA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After clothes and ‘dupattas’, California almonds have emerged as the new product in cross- LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir that are being used a mode of terror funding, according to the NIA.The NIA has registered a case in this connection and carried out searches on traders at trade facilitation centres at Salamabad in Kashmir region’s North Kashmir’s Baramulla district and Chakan-da-bagh in Poonch district of Jammu region.According to the cross-LoC trade agreement between India and Pakistan, products grown in both sides of Jammu and Kashmir will be exchanged under barter system. The products included ‘Badam giri’ that is grown in parts of Pakistan- occupied-Kashmir (PoK).During the searches, documents related to exchange of California almonds were seized by NIA and were being scrutinised, the NIA said.The traders from PoK were sending and receiving California almonds and it is alleged that the money was used for funding of terror groups in the state.The NIA said in a statement that a reliable information was received that a large scale transfer of funds from Pakistan to India has been taking place, through the import of California almonds (badam giri) via the cross-LoC trade mechanism through the trade facilitation centres located at Salamabad and Chakkan-da-Bagh.”This is in gross violation of the State policy of prohibition on trade in ‘third-party origin goods’ through this mechanism and information indicated that these funds are being used for fomenting terrorism and separatism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the NIA said.A case has been registered by NIA against unknown persons under the relevant sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.Earlier clothes and ‘dupatta’ (stole) were being used to finance terror in the state.

NIA team visits Poonch, looks into cross-LoC trade records

Tue, 20 Dec 2016-07:12pm , Jammu , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team visited the border district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir and took the cross-LoC trade records from the Chakan- Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre.”NIA has visited Poonch. They are looking into cross-LoC trade records”, Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, M H Malik said on Tuesday. They (NIA team) have taken records of Chakan-Da-Bagh Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) and are going through it.The team is looking into any suspicious activity under the grab of cross LoC trade.The NIA team is headed by IG rank officer is camping in Poonch. They have talked to several businessmen and cross LoC traders besides officials and officers of TFC.

J-K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Balakote in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan has violated ceasefire in in Balakote sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.Indian forces are responding to the firing.The violation comes just two days after BSF and Pakistan rangers had held a flag meeting since heavy ceasefire violation last month post surgical strike and both committed to maintain peace and tranquility along International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier.Last month, there were over 190 ceasefire violations by Pakistan troops along IB in Jammu frontier in which 13 people including 4 BSF personnel were killed and several injured.

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.

Last rites of slain soldier Naik Tupare performed in Kolhapur today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The last rites of slain soldier Naik Rajendra Narayan Tupare of the Maratha Light infantry was performed at his native place — Majle-Karve village in Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district on Tuesdat. TTupare was killed in unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts by the Pakistan Rangers along the LoC in the Poonch Sector on Sunday.Another soldier Gurusevek Singh from Punjab’s Taran Taran district also lost his life in the attack.The village is observing a spontaneous shutdown for the next two days as mark of respect for the dead soldier as also to register their protest against Pakistan for repeatedly violating cease-fire norms established in November 2003.State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, who is also district guardian minister, paid homage to the martyr on Monday and assured the family of all help.Senior officers of the government have inspected all arrangements for the last rites which will be performed with full military honors.

PM Modi, Parrikar singing contradictory tunes on OROP, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress party on Sunday slammed the Central government for making contradictory statements on the One Rank One Pension and also urged the present regime to pay attention to the needs of armed forces.”It is very unfortunate that India lost more than 50 soldiers during the ceasefire violation from Pakistani side. Government should make extra efforts for taking care of the family of the martyr,” Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said here. “They are fooling the soldiers on OROP. The entire Modi government is telling lies on the issue as Prime Minister Modi claims that OROP has been implemented, but on the other hand Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar says that he requires two months to sort out the issue. Don’t know who is right and who is wrong,” he added. Nirupam stressed that the soldiers of this country are at loss and their morale is also getting jolted because of the dispute on OROP, adding that the Central government should take special initiatives for taking care of the armed forces. Another Indian soldier was killed and two others suffered injuries during the cease fire violations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. This came hours after an Indian soldier was killed and a civilian was injured at the R.S Pura Sector. The Indian Armed Forces aptly retaliated the heavy firing initiated by the Pakistani Rangers, which began at 2 a.m. yesterday.Indian Army’s northern Command took to its official Twitter handle to declare the incident. “CFV in Poonch Sector. Being strongly retaliated. Heavy damage to Pak posts. Own one soldier fatal, two injured (sic),” it said.Yesterday’s ceasefire violation takes place three days after two women were killed and a child was severely injured in Manjakote Sector of Rajouri district.This is the 100th incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan, following India’s surgical strike across the Line of Control (LoC) on September 29.

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: Pakistan violates ceasefire again; 2 civilians injured in Arnia sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan violated ceasefire in Nowshera sector in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday morning and has been firing on since 5 AM, reported ANI. Ceasefire was also violated in Ramgarh sector of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir since 6:30 AM with strong retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF).In the ceasefire violation by Pakistan used small arms, automatics and 82 mm mortars. Two civilians have been injured the ceasefire violation in Arnia sector of RS Pura district.Meanwhile, an encounter between security forces and terrorists is underway in Ajar village in Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir). More details are awaited.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 of Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday morning, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling on the Indian positions and the civilian villages in the Balakote, Mankote belts of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district, an army officer said. Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in several areas of Rajouri district this afternoon, the officer said.There was a lull along the International Border (IB) since 9 AM on Monday after ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers on Sunday. 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 29. 13 people, including three civilians, and eight security personnel were killed and over 40 people, mostly civilians were injured in the incidents. With ANI/PTI inputs.

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Mendhar, Rajouri sectors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops violated ceasefire on Monday in Bala Kote village of Mendhar sector in Poonch district and in Rajouri sector, said the army. The army was retaliating strongly, ANI reported.On Sunday, Pakistani Rangers had pounded BSF posts and civilian areas using small arms and mortars shells in continuous ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts, prompting BSF to retaliate. “Unprovoked” firings resumed along the International Border (IB) in RS Pura sector of Jammu district Sunday evening, after shelling stopped in the morning.There had been a calm on all the borders since 8am on Sunday after overnight firings along the IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu region on Saturday night, a senior BSF officer said.On Friday, two civilians were killed and as many injured when Pakistan targeted civilian areas and forward India posts along the LoC and IB in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts, following which Indian troops retaliated and killed 15 Pakistani soldiers. BSF said as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling it appeared that Pakistani Army was supporting Pakistani rangers along IB.On October 25, at least 2-3 Pakistani army men were believed to have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district. Over 60 ceasefire violations have taken place since surgical strikes by Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Jawan killed, another hurt as Army foils infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One soldier was killed and another injured on Thursday as army foiled an infiltration bid by terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Tangdhar sector along Line of Control in Kashmir, army said.”An infiltration bid was foiled in Tangdhar as troops intercepted a group of terrorists attempting to infiltrate,” an army official said. He said in the ensuing gunfight, one soldier was killed while another was injured.”The injured soldier has been evacuated,” he said.The official said the operation was in progress and further details were awaited. Ceasefire violations in Mendhar and Poonch reportedCeasefire violations by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir, retaliation underway, reported ANI. Ceasefire violations using small arms, automatics and 82mm reported in KG Sector of Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.

J-K: 2 JeM terrorists arrested in Baramulla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two terrorists from Hafiz Saeed’s Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit were arrested on Saturday in Baramulla. One AK-47 and one pistol and ammunition were seized seized from them.Tension at the border was particularly high since yesterday at border over ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir and infiltration bid at border supported by gun-fire across the border.Pakistan Rangers suddenly opened fire to give cover to an infiltration attempt near the Bobiyan village of Hira Nagar sector in Kathua, but had to flee back because of heavy retaliatory fire from BSF troopers positioned near the infiltration prone border.Pakistani army also violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Rajouri sector even as Indian army foiled a major infiltration bid in Poonch sector. Official figures reveal that there have been 30 ceasefire violations on the LoC from January to July 31 this year. Last year 152 ceasefire violations were reported on LoC. In 2014 the number of ceasefire violations from Pakistan was 153.

Jammu and Kashmir: Army foils infiltration bid in Poonch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army foiled an infiltration bid of heavily armed terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of Jammu on Friday, a day after the BSF thwarted a similar such attempt via the International Border (IB) in Kathua district. “An infiltration bid was foiled by the alert and vigilant troops of Army in the densely forest area along LoC in the Poonch sector this morning”, a defence spokesman said.He said that on noticing some suspicious activity, the alert troops challenged a group of 2-3 infiltrators who were attempting to cross the LoC. “On being challenged, the group immediately opened fire (on the Army) which was responded in equal measure by the alert troops forcing the group to flee back”, the spokesman said. Yesterday, with Pakistani troops suspectedly providing cover fire, 4-6 heavily-armed militants tried to sneak into India through the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu but the attempt was foiled by alert BSF which claimed to have injured or killed at least one of them.

Pakistan violates another ceasefire in J&K, resort to firing in Pooch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016-11:21am , Poonch (J&K) , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani forces resorted to heavy firing and shelling in Poonch District along the LoC and Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday night.”Detailed checking revealed that the firing at International Border in Kathua was an attempted forced infiltration bid by a group of six terrorists, foiled,” Border Security Force (BSF) official said.The Pakistani forces also started unprovoked firing on Indian posts in Bobiya area of Hirangar sector along the International Border in Kathua around 11:30 pm on Wednesday.The troops guarding the borderline retaliated the firing and the exchange of fire lasted for about four hours. There is no report of any casualty or injury on the Indian side.

Jammu and Kashmir: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri-Poonch

Jammu: Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated ceasefire in Rajouri-Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, shelling Indian positions with mortar bombs and using automatic arms.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Bhimber Gali (BG) Sector from 1630 hours today,” PRO Defence said.

The Pakistani troops used small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm mortars bombs to target Indian positions, he said.

Indian troops responded appropriately and befittingly, the PRO said, adding there were no casualties till last reports came in.

This was the 30th ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes in PoK to destroy terror launching pads.

On Tuesday, the Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons in firing on Indian forward posts in Laam Battalion area in Naushera from 2030 hours to 0130 hours.

Indian troops retaliated and gave befitting reply, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation.

On 16 October, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice along LoC in Naushera and Rajouri sectors in which one jawan was martyred.

Pakistan resorts to unprovoked shelling at army posts in Rajouri, Indian troops retaliate

Jammu: Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortar bombs on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

“There was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district”, a Defence Spokesman said. Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons in the firing on forward Indian posts in Laam Battalion area in Naushera from 2030 hours to 0130 hours, the spokesman said.

Representational image.Representational image.

Representational image.

Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation. Few rounds were also fired in Naushera sector late last night. There have been 29 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by the Army in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads.

On 16 October, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire twice along the LoC in Naushera and Rajouri sectors in which one jawan was martyred. On 8 October, 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 5 October 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 shells in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts. They shelled mortar bombs and opened fire from 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 October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district. On 1 October, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilianareas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS.

J&K: Pakistani troops again shells LoC posts in Rajouri, violate ceasefire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violating the ceasefire, Pakistani troops fired from small arms and shelled mortar bombs on forward posts along the LoC in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.”There was ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Naushera sector of Rajouri district”, a Defence Spokesman said.Pakistani troops fired 82 mm mortar bombs, used small and automatic weapons in the firing on forward Indian posts in Laam Battalion area in Naushera from 2030 hours to 0130 hours, the spokesman said.Indian troops guarding the LoC retaliated, he said, adding no one was injured in the ceasefire violation.Few rounds were also fired in Naushera sector late last night.There have been 29 ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after surgical strikes by the Army in PoK to dismantle terror launching pads.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.Pakistani troops had on October 4 targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shells in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts.They shelled mortar bombs and opened fire from small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.Pakistani troops had on October 3 violated the ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district.On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling 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

‘Dushman Sikaar, Hum Sikari’: The mantra for army snipers at LoC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For army snipers donning the camouflaged battle-gear, “Dushmun Sikaar, Hum Sikaari” is the “duty mantra” as they guard the highly sensitive Line of Control (LoC). Ply boards with “Dushman Sikaar, Hum Sikari” written on them dot the pine tree tops on the foot-tracks of patrolling parties and border woods along LoC.LoC snipers and soldiers, whose morale has gone further up post surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads in PoK, are out to give befitting reply to any ceasefire violation by Pakistan and foil infiltration attempts of terrorists and Border Action Teams (BATs).Pointing towards a ply-card motto nailed to a pine tree on foot-patrolling track along three-tier fence, Sniper Ram Singh (name changed) said, “The enemy sitting across the Lakshman Rekha (LoC) is my prey and I am his hunter. We work as per this motto for those daring to cross this Lakshman Rekha.” Singh, along with other snipers, are highly trained and target hitting soldiers meant to hit specific enemies daring to breach LoC.
ALSO READ On Dussehra, PM Modi calls for united efforts to eliminate terrorismLike snipers, the motto is no different for jawans and officers monitoring the forward post and undertake foot patrolling along LoC amid electronic surveillance put to guard the Indo-Pak border in Noushera sector of Rajouri district, which falls opposite to the Bhimbher district of PoK, where the heavily armed special forces in pre-dawn surgical strike hit at terror launch pads last month. Noushera sector with thick coniferous woods, deep valleys, rock-cut mountains is now a target of the Pakistan Armed troops post surgical strike defeat.The Noushera sector was once biggest infiltration area as there were huge launching pads and terrorist training camps in Bhimbher-Samahni-Nikyal belt across LoC.
ALSO READ 250 active terrorists in Kashmir Valley plan to ‘avenge’ surgical strike”We are most vigilant along LoC. We cannot even for a moment keep LoC out of the manual and electronic sight. We cannot trust Pakistani troops. They are insulted following surgical strike,” said another soldier at the forward post.Showcasing the electronic surveillance of the LoC, the company commander said that “we are keep a hawk-eye on LoC and forward past posts and sensitive gaps on the border”. “Even movement of a cat is watched now through electronic gadgets. We cannot afford to give a chance to them (enemies),” the officer said.Rocky mountain clips, dense forest lines and deep rock-cut valleys along the borderline are manned round-the-clock manually and electronically.”Apart from continuous observation from forward posts, electronic observation rooms, there is manual patrolling and three-tier lit-up fencing to guard against infiltration and cross LoC raids,” the officer said.Amid hostile weather conditions, the soldiers guard the border posts and vow to safeguard the territorial boundaries at the cost of their lives. Undeterred by continuous mortar shell blasts and rattle of heavy machine guns at their posts last week, jawans brave bad weather and inhospitable terrain to keep a strict vigil on the LoC in Poonch.”Even during recent heavily shelling and firing, we kept hawk’s eye vigilance on LoC to foil any design of infiltration or any such attack,” the officer said.The situation in Poonch-Rajouri sector has deteriorated in the past week following the surgical strike. Repeated ceasefire violations, firing on forward posts and sniper-firings have forced jawans, officers and commanding officers to remain on their toes along the 225-km LoC.”Defences at LoC are well prepared. Jawans are well motivated and morale is high. Our troops are prepared for 24X7 for any eventuality along the LoC,” the officer said.There is a foolproof security mechanism in place and anti-infiltration measures have also been activated to foil infiltration bids by militants or any kind of BAT attack, he said. Since the surgical strikes, there have been over 26 ceasefire violations from Pakistan along the LoC in which four soldiers and five civilians suffered injuries and 11 shops were gutted.

Jammu and Kashmir: Life in bunkers for locals who depend on them during shelling

If you enter the house of Naresh Kumar, it will be a while before you notice the entrance to an underground bunker. Deep under the courtyard, Kumar’a father built a six-by-ten feet tall bunker which can accommodate more than 25 people in standing posture.

When the village of Abdullian is shelled and fired upon from three sides by Pakistani rangers in RS Pura sector on the working International Border (IB) between India and Pakistan, this bunker is their last hope of survival.

“Whenever there is a firing, we all rush to this bunker because fence is just behind us and Pakistani posts can be seen from our rooftop. It is frightening but this room is safe and we can survive mortars here,” Kumar, 17, told Firstpost.

Kumar’s father, Avtar Singh, built this bunker out of his own money after shells started landing in the area almost every day last year and the government failed to build one, despite making promises.

Naresh Kumar, with his family members inside the underground inside their house. Firstpost/Sameer YasirNaresh Kumar, with his family members inside the underground inside their house. Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

Naresh Kumar, with his family members inside the underground inside their house. Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

On 28 August last year, a date which every villager remembers, Abdullian was heavily shelled from three sides by Pakistani rangers. One of the shells landed on the next door neighbour’s house, killing his son and injuring many others.

Before Singh returned to his village after living for months in a filthy migrant camp, 25 kilometres from here, he immediately started construction of this bunker.

A ten feet tall pitch-dark room supported by four stonewalls and a thick concrete pillar in the centre, the bunker is protected by seven feet thick ceiling made of concrete and covered with clay. For ventilation, there are two small openings in the ceiling and three lamps to lighten up the room. Not an engineering marvel but it took almost Rs one lakh to build it.

Since the day India claimed to have carried out surgical strikes along the LoC, Amitabh Chaudhry has been camping in Singh’s home, refusing to live in his house. He stays in the room located closest to the bunker, ready to jump into the bunker anytime.

Old bunkers along the IB. Firstpost/Sameer YasirOld bunkers along the IB. Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

Old bunkers along the IB. Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

“Our neighbour’s arm was amputated and his son was killed when shell landed on his house last year. I don’t want to get killed,” Chaudhry, 15, told Firstpost, pointing to a Pakistani bunker from Singh’s rooftop which is distinctly visible to naked eye.

After shelling intensified between the two armies last year, the then Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, told the state assembly that over 20,000 bunkers will be built along the Line of Control and International Border for the safety of residents living in border areas in Jammu region.

Sayeed, who passed away earlier this year, said his government had sent a proposal to union home ministry for the construction of 20,125 community-type bunkers at various places in Jammu division for people living near the border. The cost of constructing the bunkers was expected to be over Rs 1,000 crore.

But those bunkers are yet to be constructed, making thousands of villagers vulnerable during cross border skirmishes. The Indian army constructed hundreds of bunkers in 1971 war along the LoC and International border which are still used by villagers during the time of crisis.

A file image of people inside the bunkers Image Courtesy: FacebookA file image of people inside the bunkers Image Courtesy: Facebook

A file image of people inside the bunkers Image Courtesy: Facebook

However, villagers say these bunkers can’t withstand the attack of an 88 mm mortar shell.  Chamail Singh, a resident of Abdullian village, said the old bunkers can’t be trusted when you are fired from three sides.

“Whenever firing takes place, we go inside them. If we don’t get a chance, we just sit in someone’s house and hope that it will pass soon. The government has come up with a single bunker in the village for 100 households. There is not enough space for so many people,” Singh, who served in the Indian Army, said.

For combat reasons, these bunkers face the Pakistani side, but when the shelling takes place from three directions, they become vulnerable. The walls of these bunkers are crumbling and whenever tensions escalate, villagers cover them with sand bags from four sides and spend night in cramped spaces.

The BJP’s Parliamentarian, Jugal Kishore Sharma, admits there should be more bunkers. He says people have been demanding more such facilities whenever he visits the border areas.

“Bunkers are being constructed and there are few already in Arneia, Bishna and Suchetgarh, but they are used only in immediate circumstances when villages are shelled and people have to move from their houses,” Sharma says.

“But people can’t stay in these bunkers for ever. These can be used for one night. For that purpose, bunkers have been made and some are being built these days,” he added.

A bunker constructed in more tha 30 years ago in Abdullian by Indian army villagers use it during shelling cover them with sand bags.  Firstpost/Sameer YasirA bunker constructed in more tha 30 years ago in Abdullian by Indian army villagers use it during shelling cover them with sand bags.  Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

A bunker constructed in more tha 30 years ago in Abdullian by Indian army villagers use it during shelling cover them with sand bags. Firstpost/Sameer Yasir

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal, who has been monitoring the situation said the Central government has mooted a pilot project for the construction of underground bunkers but it is still incomplete.

“The Centre has already approved a project of Rs 60 lakhs as a pilot project to set up underground bunkers in Jammu. Presently there are no bunkers in Poonch region and I am sure if more bunkers are constructed, they would save lives,” Kotwal said.

In Malta area of Poonch district along the LoC, Suhail Ahmad’s house was destroyed by the shelling last Friday. Firing has been taking place intermittently after the ‘surgical strikes’, “We requested the government to build bunkers in the area but our pleas fall on deaf ears,” he says.

Ahmad refused to migrate after cross border tensions escalated and whenever firing takes place, he rushes into a cave like bunker dug into the gentle slope of a mountain near his home.

In 1998, after a particularly difficult phase of cross-border shelling, the Jammu and Kashmir government provided funding to residents of border villages and helped them build 6,000 bunkers, like the one Ahmad lives in, to protect themselves.

However, most of those bunkers were destroyed in 2005 earthquake, which struck northern Pakistan and the Kashmir region. “These bunkers were our only hope of survival. With them gone, we have turned into shooting targets for Pakistani forces,” he said.

Former PoK PM to lead march to LoC on Nov 24

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former prime minister of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has announced plans to march towards the Line of Control (LoC) on November 24.Addressing a meet the Press event today, Khan said the participants would attempt to enter the Indian side of Kashmir by breaking ceasefire at three points in Poonch and Mirpur. Dunya News quoted Khan as saying that he would also take other Kashmiri political parties into confidence over the proposed rally. The former prime minister has urged youth to gather at the LoC and move towards Kashmir in order to inform the international community about the unrest in the Kashmir. Khan said that the Awami Tehreek has made the Kashmir issue a flash point. A public contact campaign would be launched on the 11th Muharram, he added.

Pakistan violated ceasefire over 25 times since surgical strikes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistani troops have violated ceasefire over 25 times along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir since the September 29 surgical strikes by Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to destroy terror launch pads.”There have been over 25 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after the surgical strikes,” a senior Army officer said on Friday. The major ceasefire violations took place on 3, 4 and 5 October along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region.On October 5, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling to target several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors in Poonch and Rajouri districts of J-K, provoking retaliation by the Indian Army. Three soldiers had suffered minor injuries, while nine Pakistani armymen were injured in the retaliatory action by India.On October 4, Pakistani troops targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along the 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. One jawan had sustained injuries in the action.On October 3, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire four times and restored to heavy firing and mortar shelling in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district, where five civilians were injured and several shops set ablaze after a shell triggered fire in oil containers in a security force camp. On October 2, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling from 19:15 hours along LoC in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district. On October 1, Indian posts and civilian areas were shelled with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Jammu sector. On September 30, Pakistani troops had opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial and Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan.

Pakistan trying to create war-like situation in sub-continent: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after countless ceasefire violations were reported in the Poonch area and the BSF and army camps being attacked in Baramulla, the Congress Party on Tuesday accused Pakistan of creating a war-like situation in the Indian sub-continent.”Pakistan is trying to create a war-like situation. It is not good for both the countries and for the international community. They should control their terrorists and if they think that they can in win, by sending militants into our borders then I would say that they are dreaming,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI.”If they think that they can intimidate us or our soldiers by sending terrorists then they are definitely wrong,” he added.Extending his gratitude to the slain BSF soldier who lost his life in Baramulla, Kharge said, “Soldiers play important role in ensuring security not only in the borders but here as well. I am extremely thankful to them.”The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on a two-day visit to Leh and Ladakh to take stock of the situation. He said that he would make all efforts to try and resolve the issues of the region.

India, Pakistan NSAs stress on the need to establish contact to reduce tensions after Baramulla attack

New Delhi: India and Pakistan troops exchanged fresh border fire on Monday, hours after top security advisors of the two countries spoke with each other in a bid to reduce escalating tension.

It was for the first time that the two NSAs spoke to each other after the 18 September deadly terror attack at a military base in Jammu and Kashmir.

India's National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Youtube screengrab

India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Youtube screengrab

Defence sources said that Pakistani troops, without provocation, had fired at Indian posts using small arms and mortar shells in Poonch area near the Line of Control (LoC) – the de facto border that divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

The Pakistan Army made similar allegations against the Indian military. Both sides, however, maintained that no damage was caused in the exchange of fire that continued for several hours, sending villagers near the border into a tizzy.

Firing was also reported at the Chakri outpost of the Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Boundary as frontier guards repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in a counter-offensive.

A search operation was launched in the border belt of Gurdaspur district of north Punjab following an unsuccessful infiltration bid.

The latest in a series of border skirmishes came a day after militants attacked the local headquarters of a counter-insurgency military unit on the banks of the Jhelum river in a north Kashmir village on Sunday night, killing a paramilitary trooper.

The heavily armed militants managed to escape even as a massive search was launched to track them in the border district of Baramulla.

Inspector General (Kashmir) of the BSF Vikash Chandra said two militants were involved in the attack. He said a GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter besides some ammunition were recovered from the shootout site.

“My boys from the spot confirmed that there were at least two terrorists who were firing at them,” he said.

The attack was similar to last month’s strike when militants sneaked into the Uri army base – also in Baramulla – and killed 19 soldiers. India blamed Pakistan militant groups for the Uri attack.

The Indian Army last week conducted “surgical strikes” at militant camps on the Pakistani side of the LoC in retaliation to the Uri assault, destroying seven terror launch pads and killing an unknown number of militants in Pakistan-held Kashmir.

Since then the militaries of the two countries have been shelling each other in violation of the 2003 ceasefire agreement on daily basis, creating fears of a sub-continental war between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

But for the first time since the war hysteria, the two countries sent a feeler of reducing tension when the NSAs from the two countries had a telephonic conversation on Monday morning.

Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, said Pakistan’s NSA Nasser Janjua and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval talked to defuse the tension that has gripped the border and the LoC.

“Both the officials stressed the need to establish contact to reduce tensions along the Line of Control,” Aziz said, according to The News International.

However, there was no official word from the Indian side about the telephonic talk between the two NSAs.

In Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the leaders of all Pakistani political parties to discuss the ongoing rift with India.

Sharif told the all-party meeting that Pakistan “will leave no stone unturned to highlight” the Kashmir issue at all international forums. “We stand united on matters of national importance, particularly Kashmir.”

Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, who briefed the leaders, was quoted by state-run Radio Pakistan saying that the government was willing to discuss all issues with India.

“Pakistan wants peace and Kashmir and other bilateral issues should be discussed with India.”

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

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

Live: Pakistan PM chairs meet with ‘one-point agenda’ against India after Baramulla attack

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At least two terrorists and a BSF personnel were killed while one BSF jawan was injured when militants attacked two adjoining camps of the Army and the paramilitary force at Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir.

The heavily-armed terrorists attacked the two camps belonging to Rashtriya Rifles and Border Security Force late Sunday night, leading to a fierce gun-battle with the security forces.

Representational image. PTI

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Following the firefight, two terrorists were killed by the forces while one BSF personnel, who was hit by bullets, succumbed to his injuries later, a Home Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi.

The martyred jawan has been indentified as Constable Nitin while the injured personnel is Constable Pulwinder. Both belong to the 40th battalion of the BSF, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval discussed the incident and necessary instructions have been given to the forces.

Singh also spoke to Director General of BSF KK Sharma and asked him to provide all possible treatment to the injured jawan.

Firing was also reported at a BSF post along the international border with Pakistan in Gurdaspur district of north Punjab early on Monday.

The Border Security Force troopers, according to sources, repulsed an intrusion bid by 8-10 people in the counter offensive at Chakri border out post (BoP).

The sources said that the firing started around 2 am after the alert troopers, using Hand Held Thermal Imagers (HHTI), noticed movement of 8-10 people near the international border.

The intruders, who had crossed the border but were behind the barbed wire fencing, were challenged.

“They fired at the BSF post. Our troopers immediately retaliated the firing. The intruders retreated back to Pakistan. A search operation has been launched in the area today (Monday) morning,” a BSF official said.

The Baramulla attack was the first major attack on security forces by terrorists after the Indian Army launched surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir last week.

The attack comes despite intelligence inputs about possible terrorist attacks on security installations in Jammu and Kashmir following the operations in PoK on 29 September.

The strike comes exactly a fortnight after terrorists struck at army brigade headquarters at Uri, 102 km from Srinagar, killing 19 soldiers.

Terrorists, suspected to be from Pakistan, had also attacked the frontier Indian Air Force (IAF) base in Pathankot town of Punjab on 2 January this year, leaving seven security personnel dead.

The Pathankot attack was preceded by a terror attack by Pakistani terrorists in Dinanagar town of Gurdaspur district on 27 July last year.

With inputs from Agencies

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

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan on Monday violated ceasefire in Shahpur along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.Heavy mortar shelling and firing was reported from the Pakistani side in Poonch.The fresh attack comes after terrorists attacked the Indian Army and BSF camps in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, in which a BSF personnel was killed.The terrorists attacked near a camp of the 46 Rashtriya Rifles in Baramulla late on Sunday night.The terrorists, whose numbers are still unknown, tried to enter the camp through a public park near it, but failed to breach the security.Earlier, Pakistan targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor tehsil late Sunday evening.Pakistan has stepped up cross-border firing after the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

Man from Pakistan occupied Kashmir arrested along LoC: Army

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

Pakistan violates ceasefire yet again, targets Akhnoor district in Jammu

Jammu: Violating the ceasefire again, Pakistani troops opened fire from small arms along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor district. This is the fifth ceasefire violation in the month of September and the third in the past 36 hours.

Representational image. PTIRepresentational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

“There was small arms firing (from Pakistan on forward posts) along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chapriyal and Samnam areas of Jammu district during the night,” Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Simrandeep Singh said. He said the firing started at 12.30 am and ended at 1.30 am. There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing, he said.

On Thursday, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector without any casualty. On September 28, the Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire by opening fire on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Sabzian area Poonch sector.

Pakistani troops had fired on Army posts along LoC in Poonch sector on 6 September. On 2 September, Pakistan troops had violated the ceasefire by firing on forward Army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector. Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, the officer said.

Watch: Decoding Indian Army’s surgical strike across the Line of Control

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has carried out surgical strikes across the LoC, with the Army saying on Thursday that its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).Defence sources said 6-8 terror launch pads were destroyed by special forces of the Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29 in a nearly five-hour-long operation during which heli-borne and ground forces were deployed.The sources said the launch pads in PoK were in the range of 2 to 3 km from the LoC and were under surveillance for over one week while Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the strikes targeted 5-6 places across the LoC along Kupwara and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. Naidu said there was no casualty on the Indian side.DNA and WION Editor-in-Chief Rohit Gandhi weighs in on the strike that came 11 days after the deadly terrorist attack at Uri, which resulted in the loss of lives of 18 soldiers.

Uri terrorists cut fence at two places, belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba: Probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four terrorists who stormed an army base in Uri sector on Sunday killing 18 soldiers belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places, investigations have shown.In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base close to the Line of Control(LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said today.The investigators are not ruling out ‘insider help’ to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base, the sources said, adding the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places.After locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started moving towards the officers quarters within the base but they were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage, they said.The two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the NIA, which is probing the case.The four intruders, who had crossed in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir(Pok) a day earlier, were affiliated to LeT as the terrorist module bore striking resemblance to the group from the same Pakistan-based terror outfit eliminated in Poonch on September 11, the sources said.Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had told reporters hours after the attack that as per initial reports the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e- Mohammad(JeM), also a Pakistan based terror outfit.”All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem,” Lt Gen Singh had said.The terrorists both at Uri and Poonch were carrying small plastic bottles containing a concoction of petroleum jelly and gelatin which was used to set the soldiers’ tents on fire, the sources said.

Uri attack: Terrorists sneaked in by cutting fence, ‘insider help’ not ruled out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The four terrorists who stormed an army base in Uri sector on Sunday killing 18 soldiers belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and managed to sneak in by cutting the perimeter fencing of the highly-guarded army installation at two places, investigations have shown. In an indication that the terrorists were well-versed of the layout of the army base close to the Line of Control(LoC), the assailants locked the cooking room and store from outside to prevent the soldiers from leaving before setting them afire, sources privy to the probe said on Wednesday.The investigators are not ruling out “insider help” to the terrorists in view of the precise nature of the actions undertaken by the intruders once inside the army base, the sources said, adding the attackers first cut the perimeter fencing at two places.After locking the cooking room and store, two of the terrorists started moving towards the officers quarters within the base but they were gunned down before they could inflict any further damage, they said. The two Global Positioning System (GPS) sets recovered from the slain militants were damaged during the attack and have been handed over to the NIA, which is probing the case. The four intruders, who had crossed in from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (Pok) a day earlier, were affiliated to LeT as the terrorist module bore striking resemblance to the group from the same Pakistan-based terror outfit eliminated in Poonch on September 11, the sources said.Director General Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh had told reporters hours after the attack that as per initial reports the slain terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM), also a Pakistan-based terror outfit.”All four killed were foreign terrorists and had carried with them items which had Pakistani markings. Initial reports indicate that the slain terrorists belong to Jaish-E-Mohammed tanzeem,” Lt Gen Singh had said.The terrorists both at Uri and Poonch were carrying small plastic bottles containing a concoction of petroleum jelly and gelatin which was used to set the soldiers’ tents on fire, the sources said.Various intelligence agencies probing the bloodiest attack on army in Kashmir in 27 years believe that the attack could be handiwork of LeT, which has been induging in shallow infiltration — a strategy to target the first available security installation by the infiltrators after crossing the LoC.The NIA on Tuesday registered a case to probe the terror attack at the Army installation in Uri. The NIA took over the investigation from the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which had registered a case on Sunday, and began probe by collecting evidence available with the Army formation at Uri.The NIA team led by Inspector General G P Singh has been camping in Uri since its arrival on Tuesday. The team will collect the DNA samples of the four unidentified terrorists and their pictures would be shown to militants lodged in various jails of the state as well as other parts of the country.The NIA team would prepare a dossier and may make a formal request to Pakistan once the identity of the four was ascertained. Army has also instituted an inquiry into the attack with preliminary investigation suggesting the terrorists had entered the area at least a day before mounting the brazen assault.The inquiry besides ascertaining lapses, if any, would also suggest measures to prevent such attacks in the future as Pakistani-based groups were indulging more in “shallow infiltration”, which means that terrorists strike the first available installation after crossing the Line of Control.

Yoga helps us achieve focus and agility, say paraplegic jawans

Grit accompanied with modern therapies and yoga can help achieve wonders even if the odds are heavily against you.Giving this message loud and clear are the outstanding jawans from the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Mohali, whose lower bodies (waist down) have almost become dysfunctional because of bullet or shrapnel injuries.Fourteen of them were part of the International Yoga Day celebrations at Capitol complex, Chandigarh and performed some asanas to such perfection that it left several participants captivated.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Army’s ex-rifleman Mohammed Latif from 10 JAK LI (Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry) regiment says he feels more rejuvenated since he made yoga a part of his daily routine about two years ago. Latif was hit by an enemy bullet when he was out on an operation in the Poonch-Rajouri sector in 2001. The bullet damaged his spinal cord, leaving him paralysed waist down.“I did not lose heart, and my hopes were rekindled when I got enrolled in a rehab programme at PRC, Mohali. The introduction of yoga about two years ago has helped me gain more confidence,” says Latif who is a Paralympic basketball player and represented India at the Pacific Paralympic Games in 2005.Latif’s basketball partner ex-Gunner, Ajit Kumar Shukla was also hit by a terrorist’s bullet while on patrol in Rajouri sector in 2005. The bullet pierced his stomach and smashed his spinal cord, making his lower body redundant. “We were to board a train for Hyderabad for the national basketball championship, but postponed that to attend this programme first. It is a great feeling to be a part of the yoga celebration. Yoga has helped us become strong mentally and more agile physically and it reflects in our game too. Now we are more at ease,” says Shukla, who became a proud father of twins eight months ago.“PRC introduced yoga with the help of the Art of Living Foundation in 2014 and since then the results have been encouraging. Jawans at our centre practice yoga each day – there is a short duration 20-minute yoga session on six days and a longer duration yoga session for a little more than one hour, once a week. Yoga has helped jawans recuperate faster,” says Col (retired) Jaswant Singh Spehia, director of PRC, Mohali.Captain (retired) Braj Paul Singh and Dr Archana are the Master Trainers who impart yoga training to about 45 jawans at the PRC. Capt Singh who was trained at Art of Living says, “The jawans perform Pranayam every day. Besides, we introduce customised asanas for each jawan, depending on his case and type of disability. It has helped them become more focused,” says Singh.

Cannes debut for a filmmaker from a terror corridor

From the terror corridor of Surankote to the Cannes, Rahat Kazmi’s Bollywood journey has come a full circle.The 35-year-old filmmaker from Surankote in the border district of Poonch will create history on Saturday when his film `Mantostaan’ will be premiered at Cannes film festival. Shot in Jammu, Poonch and Punjab, Mantostaan is based on the burning stories of the partition by noted Urdu writer Sadaat Hasan Manto.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intertwined by a single screenplay, Mantostaan is based on the four of Manto’s greatest stories, which will be screened at the Marche Du film in Cannes on Saturday. “Khol Do, Thanda Ghosh, Akhari Salute and Assignment are some of the greatest works of Manto. It is set in the backdrop of 1947 riots and depicts the tragedies of partition”, Rahat told dna.Akhari Salute is a story based on the Indo-Pak 1947 war in Kashmir. “It is a story of predicament of the soldiers of two countries who take on each other on the Kashmir border. Sometimes these soldiers feel that they were one unit and perhaps some of them were part of same regiment before the partition. Today they are fighting each other. There is a scene about the conversation of two soldiers who have been friends before they are pitted against each other,” said Rahat.With a powerful star cast, Mantostaan was extensively shot near the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch, Jammu and Punjab. “Several top notch bollywood actors including Sonal Sehgal, Rughuvir Yadav of Peepli Live fame, Kashmiri actors Shoaib Naqash Shah and Tariq Khan are playing different characters in the film,” said Rahat.In fact Rahat’s work has earned him name and fame nationally as well as internationally. “My film Identity Card was based on Kashmir issue. Recently the scenes of this film were showed in European Parliament while discussing Kashmir issue. I was awarded best director in America in 2014,” he said.It has been a fairytale journey of a small village boy from remote Surankote to Bollywood. Coming from a family of noted Sufi poet Vilayat Ali Shah Bukhari who had a tremendous influence in the area, Rahat’s love for films took him to Mumbai.Such was the passion for films that he shot a movie on a small camera and screened it in the video halls of the area to test his skills. Situation turned explosive in Surnakote with daily encounters become a routine in 1998.From all sides there was chaos and violence. Body bags, encounters and destruction was visible everywhere. Rahat decided to shift to Jammu to hone his skills and started afresh with DoordarshanDreams however came crashing when Doordarshan metro channel was converted into a news channel. Life changed when he directed Dekh Bhai Dekh starring Gracy Singh, Siddharth Koirala (Manish Koirala’s brother), and Raghuveer Yadav in 2009.”It was a long struggle for me and my friend and co producer Tariq Khan. Situation was very bad in Surankote. But somewhere I had a fascination of Bollywood. But I did not lost hope”, said Rahat.

Violence breaks out between local and Kashmiri students in Rajouri, four vehicles torched

Clashes erupted in Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri on Monday, as two groups of students fought, attacking each other with stones and setting on fire four vehicles.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Police rushed to the university and are trying to bring the situation under control.

“There were clashes between two groups of students (locals and those from the Valley) on the university campus over some issue”, DIG Poonch Rajouri range, Johny Williams told PTI.

He said for the past few days, there was some tension between these groups but the university authorities said they will sort out the issue.

However, on Monday there were clashes, minor stone-pelting and four vehicles including 2 to 3 motorcycles were torched, the DIG said.

Police have rushed to the campus and situation is being brought under control, he said, adding further details are awaited.

Watch the video here:

With inputs from PTI

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.

Pakistan violates border ceasefire in Jammu & Kashmir; opens fire in Poonch sector

Jammu: 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. 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 18 September 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.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

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.

The ceasefire violation could have been aimed at aiding an infiltration bid by terrorists, the senior officer said. “We have received inputs that heavily-armed terrorists are waiting at various launching pads to infiltrate across either the IB or LoC and today’s ceasefire violation could have been aimed at aiding such a bid,” the officer said.

Shortage of manpower and weapons has become a major concern for the militant leadership across the border and it is waiting for an opportunity to push militants and weapons into the Indian side, he said. “The discovery of a cross-border tunnel this year shows how desperately they (militants) have been trying to infiltrate,” the officer added.

Army, meanwhile, said that to minimise the loss of lives on the Indian side in the event of a ceasefire violation by Pakistan, concrete bunkers are being constructed along the International Border which can each hold over 500 persons.

Data till 30 September 2015, shows that over 92 infiltration attempts were made by militants, the officer said, adding that “some of the attempts were successful while one led to the capture of Mohd Naved Yakub, who was part of a fidayeen mission that attacked a BSF convoy in Udhampur”.

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