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J&K live: Pak fires at Indian posts in Kargil after 14 years

by Aaron Pereira  Aug 17, 2013 10:26 IST

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10.31 am: Pak fires at Indian posts in Kargil after 14 years

Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir Friday night, and also in Kargil district for the first time in 14 years, a defence spokesman said Saturday.

“Unprovoked firing occurred at our positions from the Pakistani side at 9.30 p.m. yesterday (Friday) at Mendhar and Hamidpur areas of the LoC in Poonch. Our troops retaliated to silence the enemy fire,” he said. - IANS

10.00 am: Pak troops fire on Indian posts in Mendhar, Hamirpur

Pakistani troops fired on forward Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar and Hamirpur areas of Poonch district late Friday night in yet another instance of ceasefire violation, drawing retaliation from India.

There was no immediate report of casualties on Indian side.

Defence spokesman S N Acharya said the Pakistani troops targetted the Indian forward areas with small arms fire at around 9.45pm and Indian troops responded to it. PTI

Updates for 16 August ends

12.25 pm: 27 terrorists killed in last 2 months, says Army

Twenty seven terrorists have been killed in the last two months and the Indian Army has conducted 19 operations, Gurmit Singh, General Officer Commanding 15th Corps reportedly said at a press conference today.

"We are proud of the commitment of our soldiers on ground, all this is done to provide for your safety," Singh said, adding that terrorist infrastructure across the Line of Control as well as in hinterlands are still intact.

He also added that various infiltration bids by terrorists, in the Kashmir valley, have been foiled by the Army.

9.34 am: 17th ceasefire violation by Pak in 10 days

Pakistan on Thursday resorted to unprovoked firing with rockets and mortar shell attacks along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu Kashmir.

This is the 17th ceasefire violation by Pakistan in 10 days. Villagers in the area reported that shells were found in their fields.

The attack, which began at around 9:30 pm and continued till 2 am left three soldiers and a civilian injured.

Updates for 14, 15 August end

3.15 pm: Lok Sabha passes resolution against Pak attacks

Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a strongly worded resolution condemning the attacks by Pakistan along the Line of Control.

“India is not a threat to Pakistan or its people, but terrorists nurtured by Pakistan are,” Kumar said, while reading out the resolution in the lower house.

" We strongly condemn the attacks by Pakistan along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir. Our restraint should never be taken for granted.. we uphold the sanctity of the LoC and call upon Pakistan to do so."

Kumar also reiterated that "all of Jammu and Kashmir, including that forcibly and illegally occupied by Pakistan is an integral part of India and will always remain so."

12.30 pm: Pak troops target 16 Indian posts, ninth attack in four days

Violating the ceasefire for the ninth time in the past four days, Pakistani troops targeted 16 Indian forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir resulting in heavy exchanges.

"Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts along the LoC in Hamirpur-Balakote and Mendhar forward areas in Poonch district last night" Defence Spokesman SN Acharya said on Wednesday. - PTI

11.15: Lok Sabha to pass resolution condemning Pak resolution on India

Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday said that a resolution will be presented before the House and members could endorse it.

“A resolution will be moved later in the day for you to endorse,” said Kumar.

Pakistan on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning what it calls an unprovoked attack by India along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir. You can read the complete resolution here.

10.59 am: Parliament likely to condemn Pak resolution on India

A day after Pakistan passed a resolution condemning India's 'unprovoked firing' along the LoC, Parliament is likely to condemn it.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday said there is unanimity on the issue and it needs to be condemned.


10.38 am: India must carry out 'self-analysis', says Pak minister

Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said that India's flawed policies in Kashmir are to blame for the LoC incidents.

"The recent, repeated violations are a serious manifestation of the Indian policy. They want to hold Pakistan accountable for their weaknesses. If they cannot control the situation in Kashmir, they must carry out self-analysis," Khan said.

10.23 am: Pakistan cancels pilgrim visit to Delhi dargah

Pakistan's High Commission has cancelled an annual pilgrim visit to Delhi's Hazrat Amir Khusro, due to security reasons, CNN-IBN reported.

This, amidst rising tensions between the two neighbours over LoC killings and ceasefire violations.

9.40 am: Won't appoint special envoy to resolve Indo-Pak issues, says US

The Obama Administration has dismissed the idea of appointing a special envoy to resolve the differences between India and Pakistan, but noted that US ambassadors in the two countries are talking to the host governments to encourage further dialogue.

"I think we can encourage them to have dialogue and to resolve the dispute. But we don't have to do that necessarily with an envoy. I think our ambassadors are very engaged on the ground on this," the State Department spokesperson, Marif Harf, said on Tuesday.

7.51 am: Two terrorists gunned down at LoC

An infiltration bid by terrorists along the LoC was foiled by the armed forces early this morning.

Two terrorists were gunned down along the LoC at Keran sector in Kupwara district of Jammu Kashmir, media reports said. More details are awaited.

7.29 am: Will defend our borders, national interests, says Pak

"This House unanimously condemns the unprovoked aggression by Indian military forces across the LoC in recent days... It also condemns the attacks on the Pakistan High Commission and the demonstrations outside the PIA offices in New Delhi, and the efforts to prevent the Friendship Bus from proceeding to Pakistan. It deplores the unjustified public vilification of Pakistan in the Indian media," the resolution reads.

“This House forcefully reiterates that while Pakistan is committed to working for peace with its neighbours, it remains steadfast in its resolve to fully defend its sovereignty, territorial borders and national interests,” it adds.

You can read the complete resolution here.

Updates for 13 August end

9.28 pm: Pak National Assembly passes resolution against India

Pakistan's National Assembly has passed a resolution condemning aggression by Indian forces.

CNN-IBN reported that a unanimous resolution was passed by the Parliament condemning what it called 'unprovoked aggression' by the Indian army across the Line of Control.

The resolution also condemned the demonstration outside its premises in New Delhi. In a clear case of provocation, the resolution also referred to Kashmir, reported CNN-IBN.

Pakistani media has been blaming the Indian side, saying it was India that provoked the Pakistani army to open fire.

8.54 pm: Advani says Manmohan shouldn't be keen on talks with Pak

BJP leader LK Advani today said that after Defence Minister A K Antony and the army chief have clearly specified that Pakistan army was involved in the killing of five jawans at the LoC the Prime Minister should not be keen on talking to his Pakistan counterpart.

In his latest blog posting, Advani heaped praise on Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh for having made the Defence Minister not just confirm what the army press note had said about the incident earlier but also specifically to add that "specialist troops of the Pakistan army were involved in this attack".

The BJP leader further maintains that after both Defence Minister A K Antony and the army chief had clearly said that Pakistani forces were involved, there should be no talks at the level of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

"The country hopes that after this kind of firm assertion by the minister and the army, the Prime Minister would abandon his keenness to have peace talks with his Pakistani counterpart," Advani said.

PTI

5.53 pm: No talks with Pakistan for now, says Salman Khurshid

Salman Khurshid has said today that it is not the right time for talks with Pakistan in view of the recent attacks on Indian posts along the LoC.

Times Now quoted Khurshid as saying, "It is not the right time for talks with Pakistan."

Khurshid's comments come after  Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif reached out to India in a bid to resolve all issues.

5.16 pm: India, Pak should take steps to improve relations, says US

Expressing concern about recent violence along the Line of Control, the United States have said India and Pakistan need to keep taking steps to improve trust and improve their relationship.

"We're aware of these reports and are concerned about any violence, as we always are along the Line of Control, and we continue to press and hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have recently taken to improve their bilateral relations," the State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf said yesterday.

The United States believes that the pace, scope, and character of India and Pakistan's dialogue on Kashmir is for those two countries to determine, she said.

"These are discussions that happen in those two countries among their own two governments, and that's the appropriate place for that determination to be made," she said.

Harf insisted that Kashmir and extremism are two separate issues.

"I think we're talking about two separate issues here. I'd want to make a distinction between the Kashmir issue, and the broader issue of our concern about extremism in that region. Our position on Kashmir has not changed, and I have nothing further to add on that," Harf said.

PTI

5.00 pm: Pak daily says Indian troops are ignoring calls for restraint

A Pakistani daily in a report says that India troops along the LoC have ignored their call for peace and has alleged that it is the Indian side that has been firing at the Pakistani side unprovoked.

This civilised way of warning was probably not received well across the border as the India Border Security Force (BSF) again opened fire in Narowal Sector of the Working Boundary, wounding another civilian. Pakistan Rangers then returned fire to stop the aggression, reported The Nation.

The report went quote a Pakistani army official who said that it was an unprovoked shelling from the Indian side.

Read the full report here.

3.45 pm: Violation of ceasefire agreement obviously has consequences, MEA

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said India is committed to resolve all issues with Pakistan through peaceful diplomatic dialogues.

"Naturally violations along the LoC have consequences for bilateral relations.. Pakistan should assure its territory is not used for terror activities," he said.

"We want Pakistan to bring to justice all those involved in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks."

3.10 pm: Nawaz Sharif reaches out to India, wants talk resolved

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached out to India in a bid to resolve all issues, saying talks between the two nations must continue, CNN-IBN reported.

"India and Pakistan must sit together with an open heart and resolve all issues. We have a lot of affection for India and we must become good friends," Sharif said.

"After 65 years of Independence India and Pakistan must resolve its issues."

9.00 am: Pakistan violates ceasefire again

Pakistan violated ceasefire agreements again this morning with firing reported at Samba district aat around 7.30 am, CNN-IBN reported.

This is the eighth attack by Pakistan in the last four days.

Meanwhile, Pak  foreign ministry spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed said: "Pakistan is deeply concerned on the continuing violations of the ceasefire at the Line of Control. We believe this is undermining the efforts for peace that have been launched by the leadership of Pakistan. We have summoned the Indian Deputy Indian High Commissioner this afternoon (Monday) and conveyed our deep concerns on these violations."

8.52 am: Pakistan Airlines board defaced in Delhi

Some unidentified people defaced the signboard of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) office in New Delhi by painting it black and pasted a pamphlet over it threatening to shut the office, police said on Monday.

PIA officials lodged a complaint at the Barakhamba Road police station against unidentified people for defacing property and threatening.

"We are yet to ascertain when the board was defaced as the PIA office was closed since Friday for Eid," Deputy Commissioner of Police SBS Tyagi said. - IANS

8.43 am: US steps in, says India-Pak need to improve trust

Expressing concern about recent violence along the Line of Control, the United States have said India and Pakistan need to keep taking steps to improve trust and improve their relationship.

"We're aware of these reports and are concerned about any violence, as we always are along the Line of Control, and we continue to press and hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have recently taken to improve their bilateral relations," the State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf said on Monday. PTI


8.30 am: No MFN status for India, says Pak

Pakistan has decided not to grant India Most Favoured Nation status following tension along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir.

CNN-IBN reports that Islamabad has taken the decision following what it calls unprovoked firing from India's side.

8.13 am: Pakistan violates ceasefire again, 7th attack in 3 days

Pakistan has once again violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control, the 7th attack in the last three days, CNN-IBN reports.

However, no casualties have been reported.

Updates for 12 August end

8.25 pm Ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue

According to a newsflash by CNN-IBN, the ceasefire violations by Pakistan are continuing. The report says that the firing was reported from Kotha post of BSF in Samba sector near LoC and that the firing is still on.

4.10 pm: Pak summons Indian envoy over LoC killings

Pakistan has summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner on Monday over continous ceasefire violations by India.

Pakistan has also expressed concern over continous ceasefire violations by Indian BSF along the LoC.

1.45 pm: Army free to respond in appropriate way, says Antony

The armed forces are free to appropriately respond to the developing situation at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister AK Antony said on Monday.

"The armed forces have freedom to respond to the developing situation there appropriately," Antony told reporters in Kochi. - IANS

11.35 am: Pak media says India resorted to unprovoked firing

Pakistan media on Monday reported that Indian army forces resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in Charikot sector killing a youth.

According to a report by Geo TV a mortar shell fired by India hit a house in Donga Gambhir, killing a youth, identified as Zubair. The report further states that India attacked Pakistan Rangers' checkpost in Sialkot sector in Nakial sector near Kotli.


9.35 am: Villagers in Poonch district refuse to come out of homes

A villager from Poonch district of Jammu Kashmir has told ANI that villagers are living in fear and have not stepped out of their houses fearing attacks.

According to the villager, the firing started at around 10 pm and went on till 6 am. Pakistan used heavy artillery including grenades many of which landed in fields.

"People in the area are scared to come out of their homes. India also retaliated.... firing occurred at several places like Nagarkot and Drug," he said.

An earlier report by Firstpost  showed how villagers living along the LoC feared that constant firing across the border could spark off a war.

9.15 am: Firing reported early Monday morning

Ceasefire violations along the Line of Control continue, with firing reported at 6 am on Monday morning.

ANI reports that medium machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and other heavy weapons were used in the attack.

9.05 am: BJP to seek suspension of Question Hour to discuss LoC attacks

Main opposition party BJP on Monday will seek suspension of Question Hour in Parliament to discuss ceasefire violations along the Line of Control.

Last week, Parliament saw disruptions over the 5 August attack by Pakistani forces.


8.50 am: Pak attacks at least 13 Indian Army posts

On Sunday, Pakistan forces violated ceasefire agreements  in Mendhar area of Poonch. Ten Indian Army posts, including the ones in Langot, Forward Balakot and Dera Basi, came under fire at around 11.30 am.

Later in the day, Pakistan attacked Degwar area of Poonch, where three Indian Army posts - Noorkot, Nakarkot, Mumtaz - were targeted and a BSF jawan was injured, CNN-IBN reported. Read more here.

Border Security Force (BSF) jawans patrol near the Line of Control in Poonch. PTI

Border Security Force (BSF) jawans patrol near the Line of Control in Poonch. PTI

8.30 am: BSF jawan injured in 5 Aug attack dies

A BSF jawan, injured in cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district on 5 August, succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

Head Constable Ram Niwas Meena, who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS since he was injured along the LoC with Pakistan died at 12:30 am due to multi-organ failure and excessive bleeding, doctors said. Read more here.
Less than a week after specialist forces of the Pakistan Army attacked India along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu Kashmir, Pakistan yet again violated ceasefire agreements and attacking at least 13 Indian Army posts.

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