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Pak mounts decade’s biggest attack on Indian posts

Jammu,Oct 19 ():Indian border posts numbering 25 were targeted by Pakistani forces, said to be the biggest ceasefire violation along the Indian-Pakistan International Border in a decade. The firing took place in the Jammu and Samba districts yesterday night.

Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were injured and one infiltrator from Pakistan was killed in the cross firing as the Indian Army foiled infiltration bids throughout the night.

Heavy exchange of fire was reported from RS Pura, Kathua, Samba, Hira Nagar and Pargawal sectors. So far, 150 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan have taken in the last two months.

Yesterday, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said New Delhi should take up the ceasefire violation issue strongly with Pakistan, adding that it would be futile to have talks on ceasefire if the situation gets more worsened.

Indian Intelligence sources say there are 700 militants in more than 40 training camps across the Line of Control and waiting to infiltrate. Before winter sets in, more ceasefire violations are likely as the snow blocks the passes.

Abdullah yesterday wondered as to the increase in ceasefire violation after the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif last month in New York.

Abdullah pointed out that only a few days ago,our Prime Minister met Pakistani Prime Minister in New York. They discussed the ceasefire violation and it was decided that the DGMOs (Director General Military Operations) of Indian and Pakistan army will talk to each other and arrive at a solution to this problem. Instead of the problem getting solved, the matter has got worse and civilian areas were shelled yesterday and children were injured, the Chief Minister said.

Weeks after the meeting between Indian and Pakistan Prime Ministers, there have been no efforts to convene a meeting of the top military officers of both sides.

In the backdrop of the yesterday’s increased ceasefire violations, Indian Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will visit border areas along the International Border on October 22  to review the situation.