After a gap of three days, Pakistani Army re-started firing at forward Indian positions in Hamirpur sector of Poonch on Tuesday night.
Giving details, a defence ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Maneesh Mehta said that the latest incident of unprovoked firing from across the LoC around 9 pm to 9.20 pm on Tuesday. The Indian side retaliated he said, adding that there has been no reports of any casualty or damage on the Indian side.
The last time, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing in the area was during wee hours of Sunday. Later, the firing by Pakistan had got shifted to R S Pura and Arnia sectors where it, in what may be called the biggest ceasefire violation during the current year, had on Monday resorted to mortar shelling on 20 BSF border outposts and residential areas injuring a civilian and various cattle. Many a structures were also damaged during the shelling leading to protests by angry villagers.
However, while situation along the international border in R S Pura and Arnia sectors have been peaceful since Monday night, unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops has re-started along the LoC. A BSF spokesman confirmed it saying that there has been no ceasefire violation in their area in Jammu region during the last two days.
The latest ceasefire violation in Poonch has come two days after India called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan in protest over latter’s meeting the separatist leaders from Kashmir ahead of their proposed meeting in Islamabad on August 25.
Pointing out that there has been spurt in incidents of ceasefire violations especially during the current month, sources attributed these to desperate attempts by Pakistan to help armed terrorists sneak into the state ahead of coming assembly polls which are likely to be held by year end. Substantiating, they said that terrorists in large numbers have been camping at their launching pads near the borders waiting for an opportunity to infiltrate into Jammu Kashmir.
The Home Ministry had sent a panel of three senior IAS officers to pick from and Negi's name is not in the list.
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