Truce lasts 5 days; India, Pak resume border firing

The writer is a senior correspondent of The Express Tribune in Islamabad.
He tweets @Kamran_Yousaf

The writer is a senior correspondent of The Express Tribune in Islamabad. He tweets @Kamran_Yousaf

This incident came just a week after Indian and Pakistani armies agreed to implement the ceasefire understanding of 2003 "in letter and spirit", and ensure that the agreement is not violated any longer.

The announcement was finalised between the Indian and Pakistani directors-general of military operations during a call on a dedicated military hotline, which is reportedly used on a weekly basis. On 20 May, Pakistan Rangers pleaded for ceasefire in the Arnia, Samba and Kathy's sectors after being pounded with heavy artillery that left a Pakistani trooper dead. Commenting on the spike in ceasefire violations by Pakistan, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj recently said terror and talks can't go together. We are making our efforts to normalize the situation but they are showing desperation and hurling grenades and firing on the borders, he said.

After the recent violations in ceasefire by Pakistan.

"Pakistani forces have been firing mortars on our houses since morning".

Informed sources here said that the BSF retaliation had caused heavy damages on the Pakistani side. On the second day of the tour, the home minister will visit Jammu and will take stock of the situation along the global border where over a dozen security personnel have been killed in firing by Pakistani forces.

"Orders in this regard have been issued to Jammu and Kashmir government on June 1".

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The officer said the unprovoked fire was being adequately retaliated by other duty points and posts.

A senior BSF officer said the casualties were not the result of sniper fire but of sudden cross-border firing from Pakistan. "We commend the positive actions taken by both sides", Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had told media briefing in Beijing on May 31.

A day later (June 1) the United States also welcomed the decision and said that normalization of relations between the two South Asian neighbours is imperative for peace in the region.

BSF Jammu frontier inspector general Ram Awtar said, "Three sector commanders of the BSF Jammu frontier participated at the sector commander level flag meeting".

The locals showed the India Today crew remains of Pakistani mortar shells that exploded in the area.

Both forces also noted dialogue would remain open at every level to build confidence between the opposing sides. "This bloodshed must be brought to an end".

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