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Ceasefire violation by Pakistan continues along International Border; fresh firing in RS Pura sector

Pakistani troops on Sunday evening resorted to heavy mortar shelling and automatic weapon firing to target BSF posts and civilian areas along the International Border

India TV News Desk, Jammu [ Published on: October 30, 2016 21:31 IST ]
Over 60 ceasefire violations have taken place since surgical strikes by India

Pakistani troops on Sunday evening resorted to heavy mortar shelling and automatic weapon firing to target BSF posts and civilian areas along the International Border (IB) in R S Pura sector and Suchetgarh sector.

This came after overnight ceasefire violations by the Pakistani rangers who pounded BSF posts and civilian area susing small arms and mortars shells. 

Pakistan rangers violated ceasefire in Samba, Kathua and Jammu district of Jammu region last night, a senior BSF officer said.

"Firing started from Pakistan side at 2115 hours in R S Pura Sector and continued intermittently till 0300 hours," Deputy Inspector General (DIG) BSF Jammu Frontier Dharmendra Pareek said today. 

Small arms and mortars shells were fired by the rangers but were not effective. BSF retaliated appropriately to the firing, Pareek added. 

"BSF retaliated appropriately wherever required," he said. 

On Friday, two civilians were killed and as many injured when Pakistan targeted civilian areas and forward India posts along the LoC and IB in Jammu, Kathua, Poonch and Rajouri districts, following which Indian troops retaliated and killed 15 Pakistani soldiers. 

BSF said as per the ammunition used in firing and shelling it appeared that Pakistani Army was supporting Pakistani rangers along IB.


 

On October 25, at least 2-3 Pakistani army men were believed to have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian troops in the Noushera sector of Rajouri district. 

Security forces have claimed that at least 15 Pakistani Rangers have been killed in retaliatory fire. 

Over 60 ceasefire violations have taken place since surgical strikes by Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, in a departure from the past, BSF today did not exchange sweets and greetings with Pakistani Rangers at Indo-Pak Attari/Wagah border on Diwali with the move coming in the wake of the heightened tension between the two countries. 

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