Eid passes off peacefully on LoC, IB; forces exchange sweets

Jammu: BSF personnel exchange sweets with a Pakistan Rangers officer at the India-Pakistan International border area on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr in Jammu on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI6_26_2017_000231B)

Guns fell silent along the LoC on Eid on Moday after a spate of ceasefire violations, Army officials said. Border guarding forces from either side exchanged sweets on the International Border in Jammu.
“The guns are silent today. There is no report of any firing and shelling by the Pakistani Army along the LoC,” a senior army officer said. “The border guarding forces exchanged sweets in a cordial atmosphere all along the IB in the Jammu frontier area,” a BSF officer said.
There have been 20 ceasefire violations along the LoC and the International Border in Jammu region so far in June. Three jawans and one civilian were killed in firing. A jawan was injured in back-to-back ceasefire violations by the Pakistani Army on Sunday.
The Pakistani Army breached the truce thrice on Sunday by firing small arms and shelling mortars on army posts along the LoC in the Rajouri and Poonch sectors. The Indian side fired back in retaliation, army sources said Pakistani troops on Saturday fired on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Poonch sector.
These violations came just days after an attack by a Pakistan special forces team that sneaked across the LoC into Poonch under cover of heavy fire and killed two jawans. One Paksitani soldier was also killed. Pakistan’s Border Action Team comprises its army’s special forces personnel and terrorists.

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