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Pak accuses India of having violated truce
K. J. M. Varma

Islamabad, January 24
Levelling counter-allegations, Pakistan today accused Indian troops of violating the 14-month-long ceasefire by firing at its forces in Mendhar Sector of the Line of Control on January 21.

“The Indian troops fired small arms fire at Pakistani troops positions at Mendhar sector on January 21 and the firing took place from 1500 hrs to 1800 hours,” Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan claimed.

“Pakistani troops observed restraint and did not fire back. There was no damage to life or property in the incident,” he told mediapersons here.

This is the first time Pakistan has pointed out ceasefire violation by India.

Mr Khan did not provide the reason why it took four days for Pakistan to make its allegation public.

He also did not say if Pakistan took up the matter during talks over the hotline between Indian and Pakistani Director-Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs).

Mr Khan, however, said the first incident of firing took place within the area under the control of Indian troops.

“There were some incidents inside the held Kashmir. We have clarified we have not violated the ceasefire,” he said, replying to a question about the firing incidents reported by India on January 18. — PTI



India rejects charge as ‘baseless’

New Delhi, January 24
India today rejected as “baseless” Pakistan’s allegation that Indian troops had violated the 14-month-long ceasefire by firing across the Line of Control in Mendhar Sector on January 21.

“We investigated this allegation and the report was found to be baseless,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told the media.

It had been conveyed to the Pakistan DGMO that the report was baseless, Mr Sarna said. — PTI


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