Major General Bipin Rawat, General Officer Commanding of the 19 Mountain Division, told newspersons in Baramulla today that "Pakistani authorities have refused our request for a flag meeting after their troops violated the ceasefire in Uri sector last month."
On Oct 16, Pakistan Rangers had fired mortar shells near the Line-of-Control in Uri sector. Three residents of Churunda village were killed that day.
"They even denied having violated the ceasefire. Yesterday (Nov 5) also, Pakistan rangers violated the ceasefire in the Uri sector," the GOC said. "They want to infiltrate as many terrorists as possible into our side before the snowfall although some snowfall has already occurred along the LoC," he noted.
The GOC pointed out that Pakistan deliberately violates the ceasefire whenever it wants to distract the Indian side from the ongoing infiltration.
The ceasefire between the two countries has been in force ever since Nov 2003. It allows civilians staying close to the LoC to have almost a normal life and not worry about indiscriminate shelling or firing.