Pakistan violated ceasefire again; attacks BSF patrol van killing one

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Srinagar, Jan 1: In another ceasefire violation in the past 24 hours, Pakistani rangers fired on a BSF Patrol party, killing one along the international border of the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing one and injuring another.

The Border Security Force retaliated heavily, reportedly killing four Pakistani soldiers. Firing is still continuing in the area. However, just after the violation, Pakistan called for ceasefire at Samba sector while holding meeting with the Indian side.

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Meanwhile in a warning, Lt General Subrata Saha said that close to 150-170 militants trained in Pakistan are waiting to cross into the Indian side of the border. He further added that heavy rainfall was further aiding the militants. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had asked the security forces yesterday to give a befitting reply to unprovoked firing from Pakistan.

He said,"The numbers of ceasefire violations across LoC have reduced as compared to last year, but they have increased across international border. I say don't hesitate, but react appropriately without holding back; retaliate double."

A defence spokesperson said that this was the one of the several ceasefire violations by Pakistan in recent days and the fifth in last week. He further added,"Pakistan troops resorted to firing on forward posts along LoC in Pallanwala sector of Jammu district around late Tuesday afternoon."

Sepoy Amarjeet Singh was injured in the firing. He has been hospitalised. "Indian troops guarding the LoC gave a befitting reply to to Pakistani firing," the spokesperson said.

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