Pak violates ceasefire

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Oct 31: Pakistani troops today violated ceasefire by firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar and Karnah sectors in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara.
Pakistani troops resorted to firing from automatic weapons, targeting forward posts – Shararat, Anil and Thakur – and villages on this side of the LoC in Tangdhar sector this morning.
Army also retaliated and the exchange of fire continued for about 20 minutes. However, there was no report of any casualty from this side of the LoC.
Pakistani troops also resorted to unprovoked firing in Karnah sector last evening. “The firing was effectively retaliated,” said an Army officer. He said Pakistani troops are resorting to firing to help militants to sneak into this side.
However, troops are on high alert to foil any infiltration bid from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), where around 250 trained militants are waiting on launch pads to sneak into this side.
“Pakistan is trying to push militants into this side before the passes close due to snowfall in the winter,” the officer said.
The ceasefire violation took place soon after the visit of Northern Army Commander Lt General Ranbir Singh reviewed security situation along the LoC in Kashmir ahead of winter when mountain passes close due to heavy snowfall and chances of infiltration of militants from Pakistan into Kashmir decreases.
This year over 100 militants managed to sneak into Kashmir despite tight vigil by the Army. The Army also managed to foil dozens of infiltration attempts killing over two dozen militants.
Security forces today launched a cordon and search operation in Garoora village of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Army’s 20 Grenadiers and Bandipora police launched the searches in Dar Mohalla locality of Garoora after inputs about presence of militants in the village. However, during searches of the village no militants were found and the operation was later called off.
Security forces this evening launched cordon-and-search -operation in a cluster of villages in South Kashmir’s Pulwama and Shopian districts.
Army, CRPF and SOG personnel cordoned off Frasipora, Khatarpora Litter and Bongam Lajora villages in district Pulwama and conducted house to house searches after specific information about presence of militants in the area.
The special forces of 23 Para, CRPF and SOG cordoned off the Baderhama village in Shopian and conducted searches.
However, the operations were later called off after no militants were found in the area.