Jammu, Aug 6: The Pakistani army has violated the ceasefire protocol again, this time killing five Indian soldiers at LoC. The Pakistani troops reportedly intruded into the Indian territory in the wee hours of Tuesday and ambushed the Sarla post inside on the Indian side of the LoC.
The deceased soldiers are Pundalik Mane, Naik Prem Nath Singh, Lance Naik Shambhu Sharan Ray, Vijay Kumar Ray and Raghunandan Prasad.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, in his tweet condoled the kith and kin of the demised, but reflected seriously on the way Pakistan was conducting itself. He said,"These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak and call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures."
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York next month on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly SEssion. It is to be seen whether the incident casts a shadow on the indo-pak dialogue that both the country supremos had promised of.
Taking stock of the situation at the post was Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh, who reported that 4 jawans and 1 JCO were killed in the attack.
"There was sniper firing at around 15:55 hours from the Pakistan side, along the international border (IB) at Narainpur border out post (BOP) area in Ramgarh sector," a senior BSF officer said.
Pakistan has been involved in similar incidences post assurances of dialogue between the two warring countries.
A BSF jawan was injured on July 27 when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice in the space of 10 hours, each time targetting the Indian posts along the Poonch and Kathua districts.
ON July 12, Pakistani rangers fired on Indian forward posts in Pindi belt along the international border (IB) in Jammu district.
On the night of July 22, they fired again at the forward posts with small open fires. While these were smaller attacks, they claimed the life of a BSF jawan on the 27th of July when the Pakistani troops violated the cease fire protocol within a span of 10 hours by targeting Indian posts, along the Indo-Pak border in Poonch and Kathua districts.