The Sweet (in day) and Shower of Bullet (in night)Policy of Pakistan


Cease-fire violation by Pakistan at 7 places
Pak firing during night, sweet boxes in morning

By Sanjeev Pargal //

JAMMU, Sept 21: Even as Pakistan army violated cease-fire at seven places in Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors in Poonch district last mid-night with a clear aim to facilitate infiltration of militants into Indian territory, today morning their officials turned up at Chakan-Da-Bagh cross-LoC point with packets of sweets and fruits for Indian troops on the occasion of Eid.

Pakistan army officials, who came to Chakan-Da-Bagh, however, had to face a volley of questions from a selected group of reporters on violation of cease-fire and facilitation of infiltration attempts by the militants from both Line of Control (LoC) as well as International Border (IB) in Jammu.

On the IB too where Pakistan Rangers had opened firing and injured two BSF jawans at Nikowal in Pargwal island on September 17 evening and made attempt to push militants into this side, the Pakistan security officials turned up with sweets and fruits at Octroi post in Suchetgarh sector of RS Pura tehsil.

The weekly cross-LoC movement of civilians from Chakan-Da-Bagh was suspended today due to Eid celebrations. The civilians from two parts of the divided State are allowed to cross LoC every Monday for 28 days visit on a permit to each other’s territory.

Official sources told the Excelsior that Pakistan army violated cease-fire at seven places on LoC resorting to firing for about an hour between 7.20 pm to 8.20 pm at Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sector of Poonch district last night.

Sabra Gali, Lohar Gali, Sona Gali and Tata Pani posts were targeted by Pakistan army from 7.20 pm to 7.55 pm while Pathri Gali, Nangi Tekri and Balnoi posts were fired upon from 7.55 pm to 8.20 pm.

About 15 to 20 rounds were fired at all seven posts, sources said, adding it was a clear case of cease-fire violation from Pakistan army posts. Indian side, however, didn’t retaliate.

It was in Sona Gali in Mendhar sector that Pakistan army had pushed three militants into Indian territory on the intervening night of September 8 and 9. Troops had gunned down two militants and injured another while thwarting the intrusion bid. Major Akash Singh had sacrificed his life in the gun-battle.

There had been reports from all security agencies that a large number of militants had been stationed at launching pads on LoC and IB by Pakistan army and militant commanders to push them into Indian side before the onset of winter.

There were no casualties or damage in firing by Pakistan army last night, sources said, adding the firing this time too appeared to be aimed at infiltration but due to alertness of troops, the militants were not pushed from across LoC.

At 10.30 am today, the gates at Chakan-Da-Bagh Zero Line in Poonch district were opened at the request of Pakistan army which handed over sweet and fruits boxes to the troops on this side. Indian Army also reciprocated and gifted sweets and fruits to Pakistan officials to mark Eid celebrations.

Major Fahid and Major Suresh led Pakistan and Indian Army teams at Chakan-Da-Bagh.

Faced by a series of questions from a selected group of media, Major Fahid shifted blame of intrusions on the militants saying it could be the militants who resorted to firing on Indian posts.

Claiming that Pakistan army was not involved in violation of cease-fire or facilitating infiltration attempts, he asserted that the militants were even dodging Pakistan troops and could be making attempt to cross LoC by firing on Indian troops.

“Our army is engaged in fighting militants at Swat and Waziristan and was killing a number of them daily”, Major Fahid said.

However, according to sources, all recent cease-fire violations including last night’s firing at Krishna Ghati and Mendhar sectors were made by Pakistan army with a view to push militants into this side from LoC.

On IB, Pakistan Rangers led by 2nd Chenab Wing Commander Zulfikar Ali turned up at Octroi post in Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura tehsil and handed over boxes of fruits and sweets to BSF officers led by 135 battalion CO Vaneet Kumar.

On IB too, the Rangers had opened firing on a BSF post at Nikowal on September 17 injuring two BSF jawans. An attempt was made by the Rangers to push a group of militants into Indian territory from Nikowal but the bid was thwarted by the BSF jawans.

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