Pakistan violates LoC ceasefire again

Srinagar, Aug 18 : Pakistan yet again violated ceasefire along the Line of Control on Sunday inviting a retaliation from the Indian side, according reports.

Media reports said the Pakistani troopers fired in the afternoon in Mendhar district of Jammu and Kashmir and used mortars.

Reports said at least 12 Indian posts were fired upon at Mendhar sector.

Pakistan violated ceasefire almost 20 times in the past weeks thus.

As the Pakistani troopers continued the ceasefire violations, the Indian Army said it foiled an infiltration bid in the Keran sector of Kupwara district on Sunday.

The Indian Army on Sunday said the operations are still on.

"Infiltration bid foiled by Army in Keran Sector, Kupwara, J and K at 03.00 am today . Ops in progress," the Indian Army said in a tweet on Sunday.

The Army said the neighbouring country's troopers on late Friday night, in yet another ceasefire violation, opened fire at Indian posts in Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Indian side also retaliated and the firing continued till Saturday morning.

"Ceasefire Violation: Pak opened fire in Mendhar area, 17 Aug; 12 - 3:30am with Mortars. Retaliated by Own Troops," the Indian Army tweeted.

Earlier on Thursday, Pakistani troopers fired across the LoC in the Kargil and Drass sectors of Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in 14 years since the Kargil war of 1999.

The Pakistani troopers targetted the Indian posts on Thursday night after the Indian Army retaliated strongly to the attacks by neighbouring country that injured three Indian soldiers earlier in that day.

The ceasefire violations by the troopers from Pakistan has increased in the recent times.

Earlier on Thursday Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while addressing the nation on Independence Day from the Red Fort in New Delhi, said Pakistan should prevent the use of their territory for anti-India activities to improve relations between the two countries.

The relation between the two countries soured after the killing of five Indian soldiers in an ambush by Pakistani troopers along the LoC in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 6.

Pakistan earlier denied the allegations and said the country's troops did not kill the Indian soldiers in an overnight attack on a patrol party along the LoC.

--IBNS (Posted on 18-08-2013)

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