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Pak troops again open fire along LoC
Ravi Krishnan Khajuria & Darshan Bharti/TNS

Jammu/Poonch, June 19
After a brief lull, Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire for the fifth time since June 13 targeting Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the KG sector of Poonch district today morning. No troops were injured.
Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts with small and medium arms. Official sources said that firing lasted for nearly an hour.

“Around 10 am, Pakistani troops again resorted to unprovoked and unwarranted firing in the KG sector. They used small arms fire that lasted around 15 minutes,” Jammu-based Defence PRO Col RK Palta said.

The Indian Army said it exercised restraint to de-escalate the situation. 

“Since this time their fire was ineffective, we didn’t retaliate in a bid to de-escalate the situation,” said Col Palta. He denied reports of air space violation by Pakistan in the KG sector this morning.

The Army has dashed off a detailed note to Ministry of Defence and Army Headquarters at New Delhi about unprovoked firing by Pakistani troops in the KG sector and its fallout on cross-LoC trade and travel. The Indian Army repeated its message via hotline to Pakistan to hold the flag meet at the earliest to bring the situation back to normal. “No response has been received from Pakistan,” said Col Palta.

Sources said the 653 Mujahid Regiment of the Pak Rangers, a battalion of local PoK Mujahideens, had been assigned the task to push Pak militants into India.

Fresh flag meeting sought
  • The Army has now sought a Brigade Commander-level flag meeting with its Pakistani counterpart to discuss the spurt in ceasefire violations. Pakistan’s response is awaited
  • Brigade Commander-level meetings are sought only when the situation on the border escalates and starts showing no signs of a let-up
  • Pakistan had on June 16 cancelled a Commandant (Colonel)-level meeting without assigning any reason





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