Pakistani army vetoed their prime minister again when they violated the border ceasefire and fired indiscriminately on the Indian forward positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district in Jammu division.
The incident occurred on Tuesday when Pakistani troops used small arms and automatics to target the Indian forward posts in the sector. Indian army retaliated to silence Pakistani guns.
“Pakistani army violated ceasefire on October 1 from 2.30 pm. The firing continued for almost an hour. They fired small arms and automatics. Our troops retaliated and no damage was caused,” said SN Acharya, officiating defence spokesman at Jammu.
This is the first ceasefire violation at the LoC after prime minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif met in New York and agreed to de-esclate the tensions on the border.
Both prime ministers had agreed to ask their director general of military operations (DGMOs) to suggest effective means to restore the ceasefire and ensure it remains in force and in place
Contrary to the assurances, Pakistani troops reverted to their old tricks and fired indiscriminately on the Indian troops in the Mendhar sector. Though there was no casualty, the tensions have again risen on the LoC with troops on maximum alert.
Pakistan has violated ceasefire more than 120 times this year, the highest since 2003 when both countries agreed on the border truce. Around 93 violations took place in 2012, 51 in 2011 and 44 occasions in 2010.
Official figures reveal Pakistan has violated ceasefire on the borders more than 400 times since 2006 when tensions started building again after three years of truce on the borders.
Last week Pakistani militants breached the International border in Hiranagar sector and killed 10 people including four policemen and four army men including a lieutenant colonel in a fidayeen attack on police station and army cantonment in Hiranagar and Samba areas of Jammu respectively.