Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts In the Poonch district Saturday. It seems that the Pakistani and Indian ceasefire has been broken again. RPG’s and machine guns were used in the firefight which lasted around five hours. Surprisingly no one was killed in the exchange. Pakistan’s chief military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa claims that the Indian troops fired first and the attack was “unprovoked.”
This marks several times the ceasefire agreement has been broken in July. On July 3 Pakistan fired on police trying to retrieve a body killed in an IED blast. On July 12 Pakistani Rangers fired on Indian posts in Jammu district of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian Posts were attacked on July 22 as well. During a two day visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and congress Chief Sonia Ghandi in June the ceasefire was violated five times. The fact that Pakistani and Indian ceasefire has been broken again indicates the conflict is far from over.
Defense analyst Retired Captain Bharat Verma thinks that the ceasefire violations will not only continue but increase. He recommends that the Indian Army stays on a high level of alert. Captain Verma said that he believes Pakistan is trying to destabilize the area and is trying to find a target for what He calls the “jihad factory.” “ Pakistan wants to infiltrate maximum number of people inside Kashmir. Kashmir has been very stable for last few years but now with unemployment of jihad factory in Afghanistan due to the withdrawal of Western forces their energies will be redirected. This firing is going to increase to unsettle Kashmir and it will be at multiple places to infiltrate people” Verma is quoted as saying. He made the statement that the Pakistanis moving into Kashmir will set up sleeper cells in the area and India needs to watch the situation carefully. Army officials are monitoring the situation and troops are stepping up their security measures.
The Line of Control is also known as Asia’s Berlin wall. It refers to the military line between Indian and Pakistani controlled areas of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Another ceasefire line known as the Line of Actual Control separating Indian and Chinese controlled areas is known as one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Knowing that the Pakistani and Indian ceasefire has been broken again is causing tensions between the Indian and Pakistani people continue to run high. If Captain Verma’s assessment of the situation is right and sleeper cells are being set up in Kashmir then Indian officials do need to keep troops on high alert in case the cells are activated.
Written by Kevin Reid