Army lodges strong protest over ceasefire violations28 April 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: Army authorities have lodged a strong protest with their Pakistani counterparts over the ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district thrice during the past few days. 'We have lodged a strong protest with our Pakistani counterparts through the hotline. We raised the ceasefire violation issue,' a senior Army official said today. The Pakistani side, as usual, expressed ignorance and claimed that troops from this side had fired first, he said. Official sources said it had become a habit with Pakistan Army to shift the blame of firing on India despite the fact that they start firing from across the LoC targeting forward Indian positions with an apparent view to push the militants into this side. Sources said a flag meeting between the officials of two Armies was also scheduled at Chakan-Da-Bagh cross-LoC point in Poonch district but it didnít materialize. The Army then lodged the strong protest over ceasefire violations with their Pakistani counterparts over the hotline. Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire on Tuesday night. They had fired Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and opened small arms firing on Indian posts in Shahpur Doda forward area of Poonch district. Earlier on Sunday, Pakistani troops had fired RPGs and opened small arms firing on Indian posts in Banbat and surrounding forward areas of Poonch sector. There was no causality or injury in all the three ceasefire violations. Pakistan Army aimed the ceasefire violations, according to sources, at facilitating infiltration attempts. However, in all three incidents, the intrusion bids were foiled by the troops by neutralizing the militants effectively. Sources said Pakistan Army was determined to push trained militants into the Indian territory after getting messages from the Army commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen, the only two surviving outfits in parts of Jammu region, to boost their dwindling strength in view of recent setbacks suffered by the ultras in the form of killings and arrests. Police and security forces killed four top commanders of the LeT outfit few days back in Kishtwar and Ramban districts. Prior to that some Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of the militants had been captured. The remaining militants were sending frantic messages across the border seeking help from their commanders to push militants to boost their strength. However, no help is forthcoming as security forces have not allowed the ultras to infiltrate into this side.