India,Pakistan exchange heavy fire in Uri sector

One House Damaged In Churunda

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Jan 6: India and Pakistan exchanged heavy artillery fire in Uri sector of Baramulla district during the preceding night forcing the Army to beef up vigil in the area.
 While the firing has now stopped, a residential house got partially damaged in heavy exchange of fire in Churunda village.
 General Officer Commanding (GOC) Baramulla based 19 Infantry Division Major General Vinod G Khandary told the media that Pakistani soldiers started firing at Indian posts at around 3.00 am. “They fired heavy illuminating mortar shells in Churunda area,” he said and added that Indian Army retaliated. “Illuminating mortar shelling means that they were looking for a target. It was targeted fire,” he added.
  “We returned the fire. I do not know what had happened on that side. I can not confirm that,” he said and added that shelling from Pakistani side was very intense.
 The senior Army General said that a residential house belonging Rafiq Poswal in village Churunda got partially damaged in Pakistani shelling. He said that Army has beefed up vigil in Uri sector. “We would not allow anybody to sneak in. The motive of firing might be to push in militants to this side,” he said.
 GOC said that neither the Indian nor Pakistani Army have sought any flag meeting.
 Udhampur based Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Lt Col Rajesh Kalia said that at 0300 hours, the Pakistan Army posts opened unprovoked heavy machine gun and mortar fire on Indian posts in Uri sector to infiltrate militants. “Indian Army gave a calibrated response and foiled their attempt to sneak through. The firing continued till about 8.00 am. Some civilian houses were damaged due to Pakistani firing. There has been no cross-border movement by Indian troops,” Lt Col Kalia said.
 PRO said that ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army have escalated in recent times. “Pakistan Army has been attempting to push maximum number of militants across the LoC, under cover of heavy firing and poor weather conditions,” he said and claimed that in last about one month, Pakistan Army has violated the cease fire agreement nearly a dozen times. “Most of these firing incidents took place in Rajouri, Uri and Keran sectors to assist infiltration attempts by militants,” he said.
 Pertinently, in October last year, three civilians were killed in Churunda village of Uri sector in exchange of fire between the two armies.
(WITH INPUTS FROM ALTAF BABA)

Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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