'No Firing on Border Posts for Second Consecutive Day'

Published: 12th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-


SRI NAGAR: An uneasy calm prevailed along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday as no Indian posts and border villages were targeted by Pakistani troops for the second consecutive day.

“There was no firing on Indian posts and civilian areas by Pakistani troops along IB in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts,” a BSF spokesman told ‘Express’ over the phone.

Pakistani troops had regularly been targeting BSF posts and civilian areas in the border districts of Samba, Kathua and Jammu since October 1. At least eight people have been killed and over 90, including a dozen security men, injured in the Pakistani firing.

The BSF spokesman said calm prevailed along the 192-km long IB in Jammu.

He said the last ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops was reported on Thursday night and since then there has been no firing from the ‘enemy side’.

India and Pakistan agreed to ceasefire in November 2003 and since then it has been holding despite aberrations from both sides.

Meanwhile, defence spokesman based in Jammu Lt Col Manish Mehta told ‘Express’ that no ceasefire violation from Pakistani troops was reported along LoC in Jammu province.

“I have no input that Pakistan has violated border ceasefire,” he said.

Asked whether there was calm and peace along LoC, Metha said, “It must be”.

In view of continuous firing and shelling by Pakistani troops, authorities have evacuated about 30,000 people living close to IB and LoC in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts and shifted them to safer places.

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