Pak appeals for peace along LoC after retaliatory fire by BSF

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Two civilians were injured as the Pakistan Army today targeted forward posts and villages along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir with mortars and small arms fire.

Reports state that Indian troops from a Sikh Light Infantry battalion detected and opened fire at the intruders on Tuesday in the nick of time and sent them back across the LoC.

Evidently, the Pakistani officers had been allotted land near the Indian border so that they could guide infiltration and provide logistical help in anti-India operations.

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Army sources suspect the attack was carried out by Pakistan's Border Action Team of BAT - a rogue unit comprising regular soldiers and militants which carries out attacks on Indian army across the LoC. "It is nothing but an attempt to push in as many terrorists as possible befor the winter sets in", said an official.

He said that the BSF retaliated because that is what the Pakistani forces understood and in the process caused damage to men and material across the border. After all, the relations between India and Pakistan have a direct bearing on Jammu and Kashmir.

"The BAT action was attempted by seven to eight armed intruders with the aim of destroying one of our posts in the Keran sector at about 1 pm". The incident had led to parts of the 740-km long LoC witnessing escalation in tensions. The shelling left a 50-year-old woman injured. They immediately informed police about the suspicious movement which with the Army and the CRPF launched the operation.

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