Pak violates ceasefire again, targets Indian posts in Rajouri

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Jammu, 22 Sep (PTI): Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire again and indulged in unprovoked firing overnight on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Rajouri district.

This is the nineteenth ceasefire violation in September alone, while there have been 97 such incidents this year, the highest in the past five years.

Pakistan troops opened fire from small and automatic weapons on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Bamirpur-Bhimbbergali sub-sector of Rajouri district at 9:55 pm on 21 September, Defence Spokesman SN Acharya said.

Army troops, who were guarding the forward belt, responded with matching calibre weapons, resulting in exchanges, which ended around 2:00 am on 22 September. There were no reports of loss of life or injury to anyone, Acharya said.

On 17 September, two persons, including a BSF jawan, were injured when Pakistani army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing and rocket attacks on seven Indian forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. A civilian was injured in firing by Pakistani troops in Dera Basi in Mendhar in Poonch sub-sector while a BSF jawan was injured at a forward post in Mendhar. On 16 September, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in Mandi and Garhi sector of Poonch.

Six jawans were killed and 14 persons were injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops on forward posts, civilian areas and patrol parties along the border in August. According to the Defence Ministry, there were 93 violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in 2012, 51 in 2011 and 44 in 2010.

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