SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Heavy firing exchanges erupted along the International border after Pakistan again violated the ceasefire by targeting Indian posts to push in a group of militants in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district, where one intruder was killed.
This is the fourteenth time that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the international border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the last fortnight.
Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian posts of Mala Bela, Garkhal, Sidra camp and Naka Number-10 along IB in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district around 2230 hours last night, officials said on Monday.
The firing was aimed to facilitate a group of militants into Indian territory. “We observed movement of suspected militants along border”, they said.
BSF troops guarding the borderline fired back resulting in heavy exchanges, in which one intruder was killed and other escaped back, they said, adding firing continued till 7.30 AM on Monday.
Pakistan troops also fired on the forward posts in Krishnagati belt along LoC in Poonch sector violating ceasefire late last night, they said, adding Army troops replied back and firing stopped after one hour.
Pakistan has been repeatedly violating the ceasfire this month. On August 17, there was heavy cross-border small arms firing on India posts along IB in Abdullian and Korotona Border Out Posts (BoPS) from Pakistan in R S Pura sub-sector in which BSF jawan Chander Rai was killed.
There were two firing incidents and ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Pansar Boder Out Post (BOP) along IB in Samba sector and Krishnagati forward belt along LoC barely on August 15.
On August 13, Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Arnia sector of Jammu district.
On July 11, a BSF jawan was injured after Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Arnia sector of Jammu district.
On August 7, India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.