Pakistan Violates Ceasefire Along LoC In Poonch District

POONCH / JAMMU: Pakistan today violated the ceasefire along the LoC in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir firing advanced messages.

Shots across the border at Debraj, Krishna Ghati and Ishapur in the Mendhar area began around 10:30 am, triggering retaliation by Indian troops guarding the border, a police official said.

He said the fire exchange continued between the two sides when the latest reports were received.

However, there were no immediate claim reports. Two army troops were wounded by the Pakistani fire, which lasted ten minutes on 7 September.

Previously, on September 1, Kamaljit Singh, Deputy Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF), suffered gunshot wounds due to enemy fire of the entire LoC front in the Krishna Ghati area, an official said.

He received first aid and was evacuated from the post, but unfortunately succumbed to injuries, he said.

On 4 September, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire twice by mail firing along the LoC in the Degwar and Maldalyan areas of Poonch and along the international border (IB) in the Jammu Arnia sector .

On 3 September, the Pakistan Army carried out indiscriminate and uncontrolled shooting of small arms and light weapons and mortars in the Krishna Ghati area of Poonch along the LoC. Previously, on 30 August, Pakistani troops resorted to layoffs and bombings in the Nowshera area, heading for posts and civilian areas.

On 27 August, five civilians, including one woman and two minor children, were wounded in Pakistani troops on a Shahpur belt in the Poonch district in a breach of the ceasefire.

The day before, on August 26, OSB troops repressed the rapes and killed three fire brigades. On August 25, an FBI Jawan was injured by a sniper officer by Pak Rangers along the international border in Jammu.

On 23 August, major commanders of the Indian Army and Pakistan held a flag-raising meeting at LoC in the Poonch area and agreed to institute mechanisms for lasting peace and tranquility.

The two sides agreed to keep communication channels open between local commanders at the LoC, a spokesman said.

The year 2017 saw a sharp increase in ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces.

As of 1 August, there were 285 violations by the Pakistani army, while in 2016, the number was well below 228 throughout the year, according to army figures. PTI

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