Jammu: At a time when Eid is being celebrated with gaiety and fervor around the world on Monday, Pakistan allegedly fired several rounds in the Akhnoor sector situated near the India–Pakistan International border and targeted two Indian posts Garkhal and Sidra.

Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian posts of Mala Bela, Garkhal, Sidra camp and Naka Number-10 along IB in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district around 2230 hours last night, officials said on Monday.

The firing was aimed to facilitate a group of militants into Indian territory. "We observed movement of suspected militants along border", they said.

BSF troops guarding the borderline fired back resulting in heavy exchanges, in which one intruder was killed and other escaped back, they said, adding firing continued till 7.30 AM on Monday.

Pakistan troops also fired on the forward posts in Krishnagati belt along LoC in Poonch sector violating ceasefire late last night, they said, adding Army troops replied back and firing stopped after one hour.

Pakistan has been repeatedly violating the ceasfire this month.

Indian Army reaches bordering areas

In the aftermath of Pak firing, India has rushed its armed forces in the border areas of Abdulian and Chandu Chack, Korotana and Khurd Gulabbagh after Pak Rangers opened unprovoked and heavy fire on Indian posts along the International Border.

Meanwhile, BSF is keeping a tight vigil on the areas adjacent to Indo-Pak borders while Army is assisting in grappling with the situation. Meanwhile, no reaction has been received from Indian Army on the issue but there are reports that Pakistan may continue with its attacks after Eid.

Also much movement is being witnessed in the bordering areas.

BSF forces have advised the people of the adjoining villages not to come out of their houses or rush to their fields. Villagers are in panic and watching the situation cautiously. According to sources, BSF has ask the people of the area to vacate their houses and move to the place where their relatives live.

Pakistan did it again

This is the fourteenth time that Pakistan has violated the ceasefire along the international border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the last fortnight.

On August 17, there was heavy cross-border small arms firing on India posts along IB in Abdullian and Korotona Border Out Posts (BoPS) from Pakistan in R S Pura sub-sector in which BSF jawan Chander Rai was killed.

There were two firing incidents and ceasefire violations by Pakistan in Pansar Boder Out Post (BOP) along IB in Samba sector and Krishnagati forward belt along  LoC barely on August 15.

On August 13, Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian posts along the Indo-Pak border in Arnia sector of Jammu district.

Pakistan has violated the ceasefire 37 times this year. There were 51 cases of ceasefire violation in 2011, 44 cases in 2010 and 28 in 2009.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies

(Agencies)

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