Poonch, Aug 10: The tension between India and Pakistan has intensified with the LoC ceasefire violated yet again on Friday. After Tuesday's attack and subsequent killing of 5 jawans, the Pakistani front attacked several posts of the Indian army in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, around midnight. This forced the Indian side to retaliate.
"They fired 7000 rounds of heavy weaponary Pika ammunition and medium mortars, targeting several Indian posts in order to cause heavy causalities till 0430 hours," Defence Spokesman S.N. Acharya said. He further added that it was the "biggest ceasefire violation".
The Indian army, guarding the borderline took positions firing back 4595 rounds of Medium Machine Guns (MMGs), INSAS rifles and KPWT Machine guns, besides 111 RPGs, 11 rockets and 18 mortar shells of 81 mm.
The firing contined till 3 am on Saturday. However, there were no casualties.
A showdown on the part of the Pakistani government, the incident has cast a shadow on the meeting scheduled between the Indian and the Pakistani Prime Ministers in New York next month. While regretting the Tuesday attacks on LoC, the newly-appointed Pakistani Prime Ministerurged that the the peace truce be expediated and a ceasefire of 10 years be issued on the borders.
However, the Indian Government has not yet commented on the incidents and its decision on the peace proceedings next week. But, official sources say that there is no doubt that business will not be continued with the neighboring country until it demonstrates its commitment to curbing attacks in India.
Kolhapur : Sodiers carrying the coffin of Naik Kundalik Mane during his funeral procession at his native village Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur district on Thursday. Mane who was among five soldiers killed in the ambush along Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch Sector on Tuesday, was cremated with full military honours.
Jammu: BJP members at a protest in Jammu on Friday, after riots broke out in Kishtwar town of Jammu region.
Homage for the deceased
Kolhapur : Home Minister R R Patil paying tributes to Maratha Light Infantry army soldier Kundalik Mane during his cremation cermony at Pimpalgaon in Kolhapur, Maharashtra on Thursday. Mane who was among the five soldiers killed in the ambush along Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch Sector on Tuesday, was cremated with full military honours.
Candle light homage
Guwahati: Activists of Yukto Asom light candles in Guwahati on Thursday to pay homage to the Indian Army personnel who were killed in a Pakistani attack at LOC in Poonch.
Siliguri: BJP workers protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Siliguri on Thursday over the killing of five Indian soldiers at LOC in Poonch district.
Poonch: Border Security Force (BSF) jawans patrol near the Line of Control in Poonch on Friday.
Mirzapur: People light candles to pay tribute to the Indian Army personnel who were killed in a Pakistani attack at LOC in Poonch, in Mirzapur on Friday.
Homage to the martyrs
Ahmedabad: Members of Congress Yuva Morcha pay tribute to Indian soldiers who were killed at LoC in Poonch, during a protest in Ahmedabad on Friday.