Pak troops violate ceasefire in Kamalkote

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Aug 20: Pakistani troops today targeted Army’s forward posts in Kamalkote area of North Kashmir’s Uri sector while security forces arrested an Over Ground Worker (OGW) of a militant outfit in Anantnag.
Pakistani troops targeted Army’s positions in Kamalkote sector by firing mortar shells. The Army retaliated but there was no loss of life on either side of the LoC. The Army immediately launched searches in the area to see if the militants have not infiltrated under the cover of mortar shelling.
Army said that the Pakistani troops are targeting Indian posts to facilitate infiltration of militants into Kashmir. They added that there are over 250 militants waiting on the launch pads on the LoC to infiltrate into Kashmir but due to the tight vigil by the troops deployed in the forward areas, they have failed in their designs.
The ceasefire violation comes a day after three militants were killed on the LoC in Uri sector of North Kashmir’s Baramulla. Army had noticed movement of a group of infiltrating militants on the LoC in Kasturi Naar in Kala Pahad area of Uri yesterday. The group was challenged and they opened firing on the troops leading to a fierce encounter in which 3 militants were killed.
And security forces arrested an OGW of Hizbul Mujahideen from Sangam area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district today.
Security forces arrested Zahid Ahmad Dar son of Nasir Ahmad Dar  of Hawoorah, Redwani in Kulgam district from Sangam area of Anantnag district after getting specific information about his presence in the area.
One AK 47 rifle was recovered from him and he is being questioned. Security forces expect some leads about militants from the OGW.
In the meantime, sources said that Police Post of 4 men guarding the Kashmiri Pandit families in Devsar area of Kulgam reported that two persons came to post and start enquiring from  the policemen. This led to scuffle between policemen and two unknown men. As per sources, there is deployment of police but they are without weapons since 2016. The sources said that the men had come to the post to snatch rifles.