Monday, August 12, 2013

Pakistan violates ceasefire for the eighth time in four days, blames India - IBNLive

New Delhi: There is no end to ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the Line of Control and the international border. Firing was reported on Indian posts in the Ramgarh sector in Samba district early on Tuesday morning.

This was the eighth breach in the past four days. Sources say the firing went on for close to 15 minutes. Fortunately, there were no casualties.

Firing was also reported on Indian posts in the Mendhar sector of Poonch at Hamirpur at 9.20 pm on Monday night. The Pakistani Army is believed to have used automatic weapons including machine guns.

But after the provocation comes the blame game from Pakistan. Pakistan has summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and accused Indian troops of violating the ceasefire. Pakistan will also be seeking a UN probe into the LoC incidents. The UN Secretary General is travelling to Pakistan this week.

The country's Finance Minister has even said that India will not be given the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status in the near future. When asked whether India will get the MFN status, Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said, "No. At present, there is no such thing under consideration. I believe that it is necessary to normalise other things first. But granting the MFN status is not under immediate consideration."

Reacting to the current state of tension between India and Pakistan, the US has appealed for calm. US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said, "We're aware of these reports and are concerned about any violence, as we always are along the Line of Control, and we continue to press and hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have

recently taken to improve their bilateral relations."

Meanwhile, ceasefire violations are also affecting those who live in the areas close to the LoC. Residents of Salotari area along the LoC in Poonch district, just 500 metre away from the border, are so terrified that they are staying up all night. Villagers claim that on Sunday night, they were targetted by a Pakistan Army vehicle that damaged walls of one of the houses.

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