After a brief lull, Pakistan again broke the ceasefire this afternoon as troops from across the Line of Control fired at Indian positions in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.Army source said in Jammuthat Indian troops ‘appropriately responded’ to the firing.
This is the first time after Wednesday that the Pakistani Army has resorted to truce violation on the LoC, while International boundary dividing the two countries is quiet since Thursday night.
Border Security Force chief DK Pathak confirmed to UNI that there has been no incident of firing from all along the international border since the last bullet was fired at around 8 pm on Thursday.
The DG BSF said troops have been asked not to lower the guard and keep close watch on the situation.
Our jawans are in the state of high alert,Mr Pathak said, adding that he has instructed his forces to retaliate very heavily, if targeted from the other side. On being asked why suddenly guns fell silent, the BSF chief said, Pakistanis would be better placed to answer this question. They initiated this (firing) and they decided to stop. Keeping peace on the border is entirely in their hands, since we never initiate firing.
To a question how long the boundary is likely to remain quiet, Mr Pathak said,its up to them. Our position is clear. If they again do any misadventure our forces will respond very heavily. Ten days of flare-up since October 1 on the IB as well as the Line of Control (LoC) has left 15 civilians dead and scores injured on both sides of the divide.
Pakistan troops at around 12.45 hrs fired small arms and later mortars and automatics on forward BoPs in Barnote area of Kerni Sector of Poonch, a senior Army officer said in Jammu.
He said, our troops also retaliated with similar caliber weapons and gave effective response to Pakistan. No injury, casualty or damage was reported in exchange of fire. Intermittent firing continued, he said. On the other hand, the International Border continues to be calm on the entire 230 km stretch.
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