On Vajpayee's death, Pakistan Army violates ceasefire signed during his tenure

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New Delhi:

While Indians were mourning the death of its tallest leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Pakistan Army on Thursday showed its cowardly act by violating ceasefire in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Indian Army to retaliate. Pakistani troops resorted to moderate firing on the forward posts of Army along the Line of Control (LoC), according to defence sources.

The intermittent firing continued till Friday morning and Indian troops guarding the borders retaliated in a befitting manner.

Commander of the Army’s Northern Command Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh visited the forward areas along the LoC, met the field commander and reviewed the security situation and operational preparedness of the Indian troops.

The Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire in the Tangdhar sector in Kupwara district last night, officials said.

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The firing stopped at 5 am today, they said, adding that there was no report of any casualty on either side.

India and Pakistan – the two nuclear-armed neighbours had agreed to end cross-border firing and signed a ceasefire agreement in 2003 under Vajpayee’s rule. Violating the agreement on a day when the champion of peaceful India-Pakistan relations died, clearly exposed Pakistan army’s evil designs of hate.

The violation of the ceasefire came hours after Pakistan PM-designate Imran Khan's statement that the best way to honour Atal Bihari Vajpayee was by establishing peace between the countries. Read full story here

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