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India to rush more soldiers to Pakistan border

Indian soldier patrols border with Pakistan. File Pic
Indian soldier patrols border with Pakistan. File Pic

Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Wednesday said more soldiers would be rushed to Pakistan border to deal with the situation arising out of continuous cross border shelling and firing by Pakistani troops.

New Delhi, Oct 23/Nationalturk – After continued clashes between Indian and Pakistani soldiers along the border, Indian Home Minister Wednesday said more soldiers would be rushed to Pakistan border to deal with the situation.

“I am reviewing the security situation along the Line of Control, defacto border between India and Pakistan in Indian Kashmir and the international border (between India and Pakistan). Additional border guards are being rushed to the Indo-Pakistan border,” Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told reporters in Indian capital New Delhi today.

Border guard killed, 7 injured in fresh Pakistani firing

Indian security officials accused Pakistani troops of fresh firing at their posts and civilian areas in Indian Kashmir since last evening.

“Pakistani troops fired on BSF (Border guards) posts in RS Pura and Pargawal sectors overnight. In the unprovoked Pakistani firing and mortar shelling, a BSF man was killed and seven others injured,” they said adding shelling by Pakistani troops continued throughout the night.

They alleged that Pakistani troops also fired mortars and rockets towards BSF posts and nearby civilian areas, causing fear among the local population.

Shinde, who visited border areas in Indian Kashmir yesterday to take stock of the situation, told reporters today that India will give a befitting reply to Pakistan. “Appropriate action will be taken to ensure peace along the border”.

Border skirmishes going on since August 6

The skirmishes along LoC and international border between Indian and Pakistani troops have been going on almost daily basis since August 6 this year when five Indian army men were killed in an alleged Pakistani attack in Poonch sector in Indian Kashmir.

Indian and Pakistani government and army have been accusing each other of violating border ceasefire, which came into effect in November 2007. Both sides claim that they have not violated the ceasefire and have only responded to unprovoked firing.

The India-Pakistan border tension was also discussed by Prime Ministers of the two countries during their meeting on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York last month.

Even though Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif had agreed to a meeting between the DGMOs of two countries, no dates have been fixed yet and the skirmishes continue unabated, much to the disappointment of people living in border areas as they have been displaced by the continued cross-border firing.

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Faiz Ahmad / NationalTurk India News

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