This Article is From Aug 25, 2014

Pakistani Troops Attack 35 BSF Posts on International Border

Pakistani Troops Attack 35 BSF Posts on International Border

A BSF jawan at the India-Pakistan border in Arnia Sector near Jammu on Sunday

Jammu: In what is possibly the biggest ceasefire violation since the Narendra Modi government took charge in May, Pakistani troops have targeted 35 Indian posts at the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.

There was unprovoked, heavy mortar shelling and machine gun fire from Pakistan, on Border Security Force (BSF) posts at Ramgargh, Arnia, RS Pura and Kanachak sectors, officials said.

The firing started at 10 pm last night and is still on, intermittently. The BSF has retaliated.

Two civilians are said to have been injured in the firing.

In the past two weeks, incidents of ceasefire violation have been reported almost every day; there have been over 70 since the BJP came to power.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that there have been a series of "provocations" by Pakistani Army and the country's armed forces are "fully protecting both our territory and people".

"Whatever response is required are being adequately made by them," Mr Jaitley said.

Amid a spike in border hostilities, India last week suspended Foreign Secretary level talks with Pakistan over its envoy's meetings with Kashmiri separatists. The talks were scheduled for today.