Indian Army Says It Is Responding To Ceasefire Violations By Pakistan

4 October 2014

Srinagar: Lieutenant General Subrata Saha said here on Saturday the Army has been responding continuously to the ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers. Unprovoked firing and ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir left one dead and injured four civilians on Friday. Two persons were also injured by in the Swajian sector of Poonch last night. Pakistan had earlier violated ceasefire at the shared border on the intervening night of September 30 and October 1. This is however not the first time the ceasefire between both neighbours has been violated. Kashmir has witnessed almost uninterrupted ceasefire violation by Pakistan since August 15 this year. The fresh violations came after a gap of more than one month along India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 15 Corps, Lieutenant General Subrata Saha said they had recovered mortar shells which they are analyzing. 'Yesterday's firing lasted for close to four hours, it was not absolutely continuous. It was intermittent. The highest caliber that we could make out from the bombs and the blinds that were discovered on the Poonch side was the 120mm mortar bomb. We are analysing it, we are trying to see where it fits in the larger picture,' said Saha. Many areas in Poonch sector of Kashmir have also been affected due to firing. Many villagers have been injured and some even lost their houses. Saha assured that the Indian army is doing all in its might to combat the Pakistani forces at the border. 'You would have noticed, whenever there have been such instances of ceasefire violations, they have been responded to appropriately, both in terms of the response on the ground along the Line of Control, as also putting them across as per our ceasefire agreement or shall we say ceasefire understanding norms; we have been sending the hotline messages. All that action is in progress as much as it is on the ground outside the various headquarters,' he added.