Unprovoked Indian firing on LoC continues
19 August, 2013
KOTLI: The Indian Army continued unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Lanjot area of the Nakial sector late on Saturday night.
The Pakistan armed forces responded in a befitting manner. No loss of life has been reported in the fresh Indian firing.
Meanwhile, amid heightened tensions along the LoC, the Indian Army on Sunday claimed it had inputs about Pakistan trying to engineer more Border Action Team (BAT) attacks.
India has blamed BAT for the alleged killing of its two soldiers in January and five personnel along the LoC in Poonch sector on August 6.
"There are inputs of such (BAT) actions. In this area, they have not done anything so far. There are inputs that they are going to try something (engineer BAT attacks on the forward posts along the LoC)," Brigade Commander 120 Infantry Brigade, A Sengupta told reporters in Bhimbher Gali in Poonch sector along the LoC.
Brig Sengupta was replying to a volley of questions about whether there were inputs of more BAT attacks along the LoC in Poonch, an increase in ceasefire violations and India's response.
"But we are ready for that (any Pakistani BAT attack)", the brigade commander said.
There have been 70 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops this year from January one to August 5, which is 85 per cent more than the last year during the same corresponding period, Indian army officials blamed.
The ceasefire violations have been reported on a daily basis for the past nine days without break, forcing the Indian troops to retaliate, Indian officials said.
"Pakistani troops have been firing on our forward posts daily for the past couple of days. They are firing intensely with mortar bombs, rockets, RPG and high-caliber weaponry," Brigadier Sengupta said.
They are not only directly firing on the posts, but also targeting civilian villages along the border, said the officer, who looks after operation command of three-tiered fence along the LoC in Bhimber Gali sector.
"Pakistan is not showing any respect to the India-Pak ceasefire. They are violating it daily by firing at us. Where is sanctity of this truce," he alleged, maintaining that Indian troops have always respected the truce despite provocations in the past.
"Not only this, there is also threat of Pak BAT attacks on our posts so the troops are alert and vigilant round the cock," said Col Anai Shanker of unit deployed in the border-sector.
Sengupta blamed the firing from Pakistani side was aimed at helping terrorists infiltrate and demoralise the troops posted along LoC. "But the morale of our troops is very high," he said.
The officer said the ceasefire violations are "very intense and totally unprovoked". "Troops are ready to give a strong response to those firing from across. We have also strongly retaliated in these sectors — their five posts have been damaged in retaliation by us," Sengupta said.
He said officers have been asked to respond strongly and effectively.