20 border posts targeted in RS Pura Sector Civilian areas targeted with mortar shell
After receiving the snub from the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over their capacity to fight traditional war with India Pakistani forces have once again escalated the border tensions ahead of the crucial round of Foreign secretary level talks slated for August 25.
Pak rangers late sunday night activated the major portion of International border by targeting at least 20 Indian border posts and shelling civilian areas across RS Pura sector along the International border in Jammu frontier.
Pakistan Rangers targeted posts of the Border Security Force (BSF) in the Arnia and RS Pura sectors and unprovoked shelling continued through the night, forcing Indian soldiers to retaliate. In the last 24 hours, this is the third violation of the 2003 ceasefire between the two countries.
There have been 10 such incidents in the past nine days. Yesterday, Pakistani troops used automatic and small arms in heavy firing along the International Border and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Poonch districts.
The spurt in border attacks has cast a shadow on talks between Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry on August 25. This is the first official dialogue between the two countries a year and a half after the beheading of an Indian jawan by Pakistani troops took diplomatic ties to a new low.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s invitation to Kashmiri separatist groups for talks has also rankled political parties.