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Pak Troops Violate Ceasefire Again, 2nd In 24 Hrs

PTI 19 Jan 2010, 21:30:52 IST

In yet another ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) and the second in 24 hours, Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired light and  medium machine guns at an Indian border post in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

There was cross-border firing from LMGs and MMGs on the Sabzian Forward Defence Location along the LoC on Tuesday afternoon, a senior army officer of the 16 Corps told PTI. However, there were no casualties or injuries to anyone on the Indian side.

Infiltration attempts from Pakistan and ceasefire violations have been on the rise in recent months with such incidents happening at regular intervals.

 Firing was going on intermittently from the Pakistan side and troops guarding the border have retaliated, the officer said.

The reports also said two mortars were fired from Pakistan, which exploded away from the border post.

 "There was no casualty on our side in the firing from across the border", the officer said.

 It appears that the firing is aimed at giving cover to infiltrating militants, he said, adding that the troops along the border are alert and vigilant to foil any fresh infiltration bids.

Pakistani troops fired 5 rockets and opened small arms firing Monday night on the forward Kranti post along the LoC in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch. BSF troops yesterday foiled two infiltration bids by militants along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu region.

Troops have further intensified patrolling and are keeping a close watch on the movement despite the thick fog along the LoC.

Security forces are on high alert in the run-up to Republic Day with additional deployment of personnel at vital installations. PTI