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    Pakistan again violated the ceasefire late on Friday night when Pakistani Army fired on several Indian posts in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, forcing the Indian side to retaliate. The firing continued till 3am on Saturday but no casualties have been reported.
    A Border Security Force (BSF) soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan in Suchetgarh near Jammu. Pakistan today suspended cross-LoC bus service between J&K and PoK. PTI

    This fresh incident comes four days after five Indian soldiers on a patrol in the Poonch sector were killed in an ambush by specialist troops of the Pakistan Army.

    Reports said the Pakistan Army targeted the Durga post along the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday night. This fresh violation is likely to further jeopardise the meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries which was scheduled on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly at New York in September.

    Defence minister AK Antony had said in Parliament on Thursday, “This incident (the Poonch killings) will have consequences on our behaviour on the LoC and for our relations with Pakistan. Our restraint should not be taken for granted nor should the capacity of armed forces and resolve of the government to uphold the sanctity of the LoC ever be doubted.”

    While Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has termed it “imperative” that the two sides begin a dialogue at the earliest, the UPA government under fire from the Opposition and people for not taking a strong line against the neighbouring country will now have to harden its stance.

    While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to abandon the peace initiative easily, what happens in New York will depend on events on the border and how Pakistan responds to Indian concerns
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