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Pak Army rockets Indian posts in J&K
Published on 30 Sep. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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The Pakistani Army fired mortar shells at five Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate, military sources said Wednesday.
The Pakistanis fired over 40 mortars and rockets at the Kirpan, Kranti, Roza Battal and Nanga Tekri posts in the Krishna Ghati and Jhallas sectors Tuesday night, the sources said.
The Indian side too retaliated to this “unprovoked firing”, according to the army sources.
The Indian Army suspected that the Pakistani Army was seeking to push in militants from across the LoC into the Indian side. But the army sources claimed that the attempt was foiled by the vigilant soldiers.
These posts are in the high mountains of Poonch district, 240 km north of Jammu. There was no damage to the posts. The Pakistani Army was not only trying to escalate tensions but seeking to push a group of infiltrators into India, army sources said.
Army lodges protest
The Indian Army has lodged a strong protest with the Pakistani Army over the latter’s latest bout of unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district Tuesday night, terming it as an act aimed at escalating tensions on the border.
Army sources said two soldiers were injured in Pakistani firing, which started late Tuesday night and continued till Wednesday morning.
Meanwhile, the local commanders held a flag meeting at a forward post in Poonch. The Indian side conveyed in strong terms that the repeated violation of ceasefire and firing from across the LoC were causing tensions.
Pakistani side denied, but the Indian commander insisted that Pakistan should accept the truth and desist from such acts, the sources said.
Militant surrenders
A militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen Wednesday surrendered to the army in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district and pledged to live a normal life, the army said here.
Taj Mohammad, who became a militant four months ago and had received training in handling weapons and hurling grenades, surrendered in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district, the army said in a statement.
He handed over an AK-47 assault rifle, one magazine and 30 rounds of AK-47 rifle. The statement issued by the defence public relations office here said that Taj Mohammad vowed that he would not return to militancy ever.
“He pledged to live a normal life,” the statement said.

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