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Omar to Centre: Take up issue with Pak in a ‘strong manner’

With repeated ceasefire violations from across the Line of Control, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday said the Centre needs to take up the issue with Pakistan in a ‘strong manner’ as it was getting ‘more serious’ now.

Omar also said that the ceasefire has been the most successful part of the peace process between India and Pakistan and the state wants it to remain in force.

‘I do not understand who is behind this and what do they think because recently our Prime Minister met Pakistan Prime Minister in New York and they talked about ceasefire violations. It was decided that the DGMOs of both countries will discuss the issue and find a remedy. Instead of a solution to it, the issue is getting more serious.

Meanwhile, two BSF jawans were on Friday injured when Pakistani troops opened fire at seven border out posts and civilian areas along the International Border in Jammu and Samba districts.

Violating the ceasefire five times in the past 24 hours, the Pakistani rangers fired on border out posts and forward civilian areas along IB in RS Pura, Pargwal, Samba areas of Jammu and Samba districts, police said.

They resorted to firing along IB in Kharkota, Kharkal, AMK, Mangral in R S Pura Subsector, Regal and Rajpora in Samba sector and Nikowal BoPs, they said.

In Nikowal BoP, two BSF constables Gangan Thakur and Hasda were injured and hospitalised, they said.

BSF troops took positions and retaliated strongly resulting in exchanges, which are still going on in some areas in R S Pura sub-sector.
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