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Pak troops target Army at LoC again

August 02, 2008 17:56 IST

An Indian military post was targeted from across the Line of Control [Images] yet again despite New Delhi [Images] asking Islamabad [Images] not to vitiate the atmosphere between the two countries by repeatedly violating the ceasefire.

"There was firing on an Indian post along LoC in 12 Brigade area of Uri sector in Baramulla district of Kashmir valley yesterday," defence sources told PTI.

At least 15 to 16 small arms firing targeted the ward post, but the Indian troops did not retaliate and no casualties were reported, they said.

 "We are investigating if it was ceasefire violation. Militants may have targeted troops on this side to push in armed ultras," they said.

In a major violation of the five-year-old ceasefire along the LoC, 15 Pakistani soldiers crossed into the Indian territory on July 28 and opened fire in the Kupwara sector killing an Indian jawan.

The two sides held a flag meeting in a bid to ease tension the next day after the two sides exchanged fire for 16 hours.

A spurt in such incidents in recent days prompted External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee to raise the issue with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Colombo but Islamabad played them down as "minor incidents" which can be dealt with at military level.

Pakistan troops have violated the 2003 Indo-Pak border truce 20 times this year in Samba, Krishnagati, Mendhar, Rajouri, Poonch, Sabzian, Tangdhar, Uri, Teetwal, Kupwara and Baramulla areas of Jammu and Kashmir [Images].




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