Pakistan targets 15 BSF posts in J&K, blames India of unprovoked ceasefire violations
JAMMU: Pakistani troops heavily shelled 15 Border Outposts
and hamlets along the International Border overnight, leaving three persons
injured, one of them seriously in Jammu district. Meanwhile, Islamabad accused
India of ‘unprovoked violations of ceasefire agreement and cross-border firing.
According to sources, BSF troops retaliated and
intermittent firing and mortar shelling was continued. “After heavy firing,
Pakistani Rangers resorted to heavy mortar shelling in Arnia and parts of RS
Pura sectors of Jammu district overnight”, a BSF Spokesman said.
He said about 15 Border Outposts (BoPs) were targeted.
Earlier on Saturday night, “flat trajectory weaponry fire came at 2010 hours in
our area of Operation in three BoPs along International Border (IB) in Arnia
sector of Jammu district”, he said.
Pakistani troops also shelled several border hamlets
in these areas, in which, three persons were injured, one of the critically in
Jabowal village along the IB, District Magistrate, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu
The critically injured person has been shifted to
Government Medical College Hospital here for specialised treatment, he said,
adding “firing and shelling is going on when the reports last came this
The shelling hit Arnia town besides villages of
Kuku-Da Kothay, Mahasha kothe, Jabowal, Treva, Chingia, Alla, Sie, Chenaz and
Devigarh. Dozens of shells landed and exploded in deserted Arnia town, the
However, peace prevailed in forward sectors of Samba,
Ramgarh, Hiranagar and Kathua as there were no reports of any firing or
shelling in these areas.
On Saturday, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing
on forward Indian posts along the LoC in Banwat-Shahpur sector of Poonch
district from 1300 hours, a senior Army officer said.
Pakistan heavily shelled civilian areas in Shahpur,
Kirni, Banwat, Mandaar, Kalsaam, Doda along LoC in Poonch. Pakistani troops of
641 Mujahid Regiment also shelled six Posts including Doda, Jangalvon, Jungal
two, Kranti, Sher and Shakti in the area.
Five houses suffered minor damages and one house
caught fire in the area but there was no casualty. The IB has witnessed heavy
firing this month that has left eight persons dead and 90 people injured,
including 13 security men.
Besides over 32,000 people have fled from their border
homes leaving 113 hamlets deserted along the IB.
Meanwhile, stepping up its attempts to
internationalise the Kashmir issue, Pakistan has written to the UN chief on the
security situation along the LoC and the International Border with India and
sought the world body’s intervention in resolving the issue.
In a letter to UN chief Ban ki-moon, Adviser to the
Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz
accused India of “deliberate and unprovoked violations of the ceasefire
agreement and cross-border firing” over the past weeks.
“I write to bring to your urgent attention the
deteriorating security situation along the Line of Control in Jammu and
Kashmir, as well as along the International Border between Pakistan and India…
“As you are aware, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is
one of the long outstanding issues on the agenda of the UN Security Council,
whose resolutions promising the holding of a plebiscite, under the auspices of
the United Nations, for self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,
remain valid though unimplemented to date,” Aziz wrote in the letter which was
released by Pakistan Foreign Office here.
He added that Pakistan has been reminding the UN and
the international community since decades to fulfil that promise, in the
interest of “durable peace and security in the region.”
Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s address to
UN General Assembly last month during which he emphasised on the need to
resolve the whole issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Aziz said “unfortunately, India
has adopted a policy that runs counter to its stated desire to engage in a
serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan.”
He added, “India cancelled, unilaterally and without
any plausible justification, the Foreign Secretary level talks that were
scheduled to be held on August 25, 2014.”
Asking Ban to circulate the letter as an official
document of the Security Council, Aziz said Pakistan believes that the UN has
an important role to play in promoting the objective of peaceful resolution of
the Kashmir issue, including through his “good offices, which we have always
welcomed, and the crucial role of the UNMOGIP on ground, which needs to be
strengthened and facilitated under the current circumstances.”