Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ceasefire violation: What Pakistan is reading

NEW DELHI: India has turned the heat on Pakistan with massive retaliatory fire in response to ceasefire violations along the Line of Control as well as the International Border in Jammu & Kashmir, leading to civilian casualties on both sides.

After five Indian civilians were killed and 34 injured in heavy fire from across the border in Arnia sub-sector of Jammu on Monday, followed by continuous firing by Pakistan troops till Wednesday morning, India has also retaliated in even greater measure. Intelligence agencies tracking reports in Pakistani media on Tuesday estimated that more than 15 Pakistani civilians had died in the firing by BSF soldiers, mainly in the Sialkot sector. Here are the top headlines that Pakistan is reading:

1. Dawn frontpaged a story headlined 'AJK civilian injured in Indian shelling'. It quoted a police officer as saying, 'Indian troops used heavy weapons... The shelling was intense, rather more than intense.' An update to the report was the top story on the website.

Villager shows the damaged wall of his house after firing from the Pakistani side at Arnia sector in Jammu on Tuesday. (PTI photo)

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2. The Pakistan Observer had a lead story on its website titled 'Indian troops' unprovoked heavy firing across LoC'. The report alleged, 'the Pakistan Army gave a befitting response to Indian aggression in Kotli area of Azad Kashmir.'

3. The Daily Times print edition ignored the shelling story but its website carried a story headlined 'Pakistan urges India to show restraint, condemns ceasefire violation'. It quoted a government spokesperson as saying, 'It is deeply saddening that Indian Security Forces' act of aggression deprived a number of families from celebrating Eid.'

Indian villagers mourn the death of their relative whom locals say was killed by firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Arnia village, near Jammu on October 6, 2014. (Reuters photo)

4. The Nation newspaper carried a small report on page 5 headlined 'Indian troops again violate LoC ceasefire', calling the firing 'unprovoked'.

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