More than a fortnight after continuous exchange of fire between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir,a Pakistani soldier was apprehended there by the Army after he crossed over to this side to meet his beloved on Wednesday morning.
Though the Army was tight lipped over the matter,the police confirmed that a Pakistan Army regular was apprehended in Kerni sector at 6 am on Wednesday.
We have been told by Army officers that he is a deserter,fed up with the attitude of his seniors, said a senior police officer. Over 36 hours after his apprehension,the soldier is yet to be handed over to the police by the Army,the police officer added.
Sources identified the soldier as Arif Ali,19,son of Bashir Ahmed of Quetta. He was deployed with Charli Company of 25 Frontier Force at a forward Pakistani post Saifullah2 opposite Indias Kerni village in Poonch district,they said. He was unarmed and in civil dress at the time of his apprehension.
A civilian identity card,Rs 13,300 in Pakistan currency,two SIM cards issued by U Phone and Zong Company,and a leave certificate issued by the Frontier Force were recovered from him.
Sources added that Arif was in love with a girl,who,along with her parents,had come to Poonch from Hazira across the LoC a few days ago. Suspecting that the girls parents may get her married to a relative in Poonch,he took leave from his company on the pretext of going home. He crossed over to Kerni,instead,where a sizeable number of people live near the barbed wire fence erected by the Indian Army to check infiltration.
A fortnight ago,villages along the LoC in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district had been witness to the longest and gravest ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops who used small to heavy weapons to target forward Indian positions so as to provide a cover to militants trying to sneak into the state.