The ceasefire violations across the Line of Control between India and Pakistan have seen a serious escalation recently, bringing a severe strain on Indo-Pak ties.
Pakistan troops continued to target BSF posts on Thursday, hours after the flag meeting between officers of the Pakistan Rangers and the Border Security Force (BSF). Pakistan troops targeted three BSF posts in the Pargwal sector of Jammu, where the flag meeting took place. Read more
In an apparent case of pot calling kettle black, Pakistan Rangers on Wednesday questioned their border-guarding counterpart BSF as to why they were "blatantly firing on Pakistani positions" defying ceasefire protocol. At a commandant-level flag meeting between BSF and Rangers at Nikowal border outpost along the International Border (IB) in Pargwal sub-sector of Akhnoor in Jammu district, Indian officials were surprised when the opposite side raised the issue, sources said. Read more
Border forces of India and Pakistan on Wednesday met for the first time since the recent spate of ceasefire violations but failed to agree on anything substantive in the 45-minute meeting. The meeting between BSF and Pakistan Rangers was held to defuse tension on the border but no issues relating to escalating ceasefire violations were discussed, officials said. Read more
Three jawans and five terrorists have reportedly been killed in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, in two separate gun battle incidences that have been ongoing since Saturday.One jawan was killed, while another militant was gunned down on Tuesday morning. So far, three soldiers and five terrorists have been killed the encounter in Kalaroos forest area. This is the fourth fatality suffered by army in Kupwara district in the past two days. Read more
Pakistani troops targets 35 BSF posts in Jammu
Violating ceasefire for the third day in a row, Pakistani troops on Monday targeted 35 Border Security Force (BSF) posts at the International Border in Jammu. Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked heavy mortar shelling in Ramgarh area in Samba and Kanachak area of Akhnoor. The firing started at 10 pm on Sunday night and is still going on intermittently. The BSF has retaliated.
On Saturday, in a major escalation, Pakistani troops on indulged in heavy "unprovoked" shelling and firing on 22 border outposts and 13 villages, killing two civilians and injuring six others including a BSF jawan along the International Border in Jammu sector. Meanwhile, noting that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said Indian security forces are responding effectively to protect the country's interests.
Pakistan forces diverting attention of its people from internal turmoil: BSF
Indian troops have given a befitting reply to the ceasefire violations by Pakistani forces, BSF said on Sunday while strongly criticising it for repeatedly disturbing peace along the border. IG, BSF, Jammu Frontier, Rakesh Kumar Sharma, talking to reporters here, also said that Pakistan wanted to divert the attention of its people from its internal turmoil towards the border by escalating skirmishes. Read more
Two killed as Pakistan shells 25 outposts, 19 hamlets along border; 3000 people evacuated
Pakistani troops continued to violate the ceasefire by shelling and firing upon 25 Border Out Posts (BoPs) and 19 villages along the International Border in Jammu sector throughout the night, prompting the BSF to retaliate. "Pak Rangers resorted to heavy firing of small and automatic weapons and shelling of mortars bombs on 25 BoPs and civilian areas along IB in Arnia and R S Pura sub-sectors of Jammu district from 2030 hours last night" a BSF officer said on Sunday. Read more
Jammu's border belt of RS Pura and Arnia turned into battle zone
Pakistan Rangers have targeted over 30-40 BoPs and over 20 odd villages during 16 ceasefire violations in past 12 days, drawing strong retaliation from BSF. Dressed in battle fatigues and bullet proof jackets, jawans of the Border Security Force criss-cross through their Posts and Ditch Cum Bandh (DCBs) ready to retaliate strongly. "We are giving a befitting reply. The moral of Jawans is high", BSF officer Vinood Yadav said, adding that troops have been alerted in view of the vicious design of Pak Rangers. Read more
Noting that ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today said Indian security forces are responding effectively to protect the country's interests.
"This is a fact that of late, these ceasefire violations by Pakistan have increased. But let everybody be assured that both our Army and BSF, who are respectively guarding the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border, are fully vigilant. Read more
Massive Ceasefire violation: Pakistan troops targets 22 BSF posts; 2 killed, 5 injured
In a major escalation, Pakistani troops on saturday indulged in heavy "unprovoked" shelling and firing on 22 border outposts and 13 villages, killing two civilians and injuring six others including a BSF jawan along the International Border in Jammu sector. Over 3000 people living in border hamlets have been evacuated to safe areas under a contingency plan, enforced today after the latest ceasefire violation by Pakistan soon after midnight targeting the entire border belt of Arnia and R S Pura as well as Hamirpur sub-sector in Poonch. Read more
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector, injured civilians & jawan taken to Jammu medical college hospital pic.twitter.com/poXggB12pd
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"Two villagers, identified as Muhammad Akram and his 13-year-old son Aslam were killed and seven people including Akram's wife, his three children and a BSF constable were injured in heavy firing by the Pakistan Rangers in Jodafarm village of RS Pura sector today," said a senior police officer. Read more
Pakistan targets two outposts along international border in Jammu
Violating the ceasefire for the 14th time in the past 12 days, Pakistani troops today targeted two border out posts (BoPs) along the International Border in Jammu sector, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in R S Pura sector of Jammu pic.twitter.com/nf2gS6aIlP
— ANI (@ANI_news) August 22, 2014
Pakistani Rangers resorted to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing on two BoPs along international border in RS Pura sub-sector of Jammu district around 0100 hours, a BSF officer said. BSF troops guarding two BoPs along international border, took positions and responded with equal caliber weapons which resulted in intermittent exchange of fire, which continued till 0500 hrs. Read more
Pakistan ceasefire violations no tension; we are prepared: IAF chief Arup Raha
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Friday said there was no tension as such in the wake of repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan but "we are all prepared". "We all are prepared, there are no tensions as such if you ask me...this is nothing exception, this has been happening, and our response has been appropriate," Raha told reporters. He was replying to a question on preparedness and response of armed forces to repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan. Raha, also Chairman of Chief of Staff Committee, said, Army is there, BSF (Border Security Fore) is there, the Air force is not directly involved, but things are not that bad. Read more
14th ceasefire violations in 12 days as Pakistan targets 2 BoPs, villages in Jammu
Violating the ceasefire for the 14th time in the past 12 days, Pakistani troops on Fridy targeted two border out posts (BoPs) and border hamlets injuring a villager and damaging some houses along the International Border in Jammu sector drawing retaliation from Indian troops. Read more
Pakistani troops again violate ceasefire in Poonch
Pakistani troops resorted to yet another ceasefire violation last night in the Hamirpur sector in Poonch. According to the Army PRO, the firing commenced yesterday between 9 p.m. and 9.30 pm. The Pakistan Army carried out unprovoked intermittent firing using semi automatic and automatic weapons. Read more
Peace is our priority, says Pakistan Envoy Abdul Basit; claims that India violated ceasefire 57 times
Pakistan's Envoy Abdul Basit, on Wednesday, addressed the Indian media today on the recent diplomatic failures of between the two nations that resulted in India cancelling Foreign Secretary level talks."Our priority is to promote peace and regional security," he stated. "Time has come for the two countries to move from confrontation to cooperation. We must engage with a comprehensive and meaningful dialogue,time has come to move forward," Basit urged. Read more
On August 20, after a day-long lull, Pakistani troops again violated the ceasefire by firing at forward Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian forces to retaliate.
On August 13, Pakistani troops resorted to firing by small arms and automatic weapons on forward posts along LoC in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector of Poonch district, in which one jawan was injured.
On August 12, Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy firing with mortar shells, small arms and automatic weapons on five BoPs and civilian areas along the IB in Arnia-R S Pura areas in Jammu district.
BSF and Pakistan Rangers had on Friday last made a commitment to uphold peace and tranquillity on the border and extend all cooperation to each other in dealing with emergent incidents in a proactive and positive manner.
On August 11, two BSF jawans were among four persons injured when Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing with small arms, automatic weapons and mortar shells on 10 border out posts and civilian areas along the International Border in Arnia and R S Pura belts of Jammu district.
On August 10, Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire by targeting Indian forward posts with small arms and automatic weapons along the Line of Control in Mendhar sector of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian forces to retaliate.
Pakistani troops violated had violated the ceasefire on August 8 by resorting to firing on Indian Posts along LoC in Bhimbher Gali (BG) sector of Poonch district.