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India, Pakistan border tension heats up after fresh firing

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Jammu : India on Tuesday alleged that Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, stepping up the tension between the tense neighbours.

No injuries were reported from the Pakistan mortar shelling at Indian border posts in Jhangar, Kalsian and Makri areas of the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC), a ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
Many shells landed near civilian areas in Nowshera, a police officer said.

The officer said the Indian Army retaliated and fired at Pakistani posts. Any possible damage on the other side of the ceasefire line was not known immediately.

The Pakistan Army made similar allegations, saying Indian troops “resorted to unprovoked firing” at 4 a.m.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to the unprovoked Indian firing… in Bhimber sector,” an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The heavy exchange of fire, which continued for several hours, was the latest in a series of violations of border truce signed in 2003.

Border tension between the two countries flared after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in the September 18 terror attack at an Indian military base in Uri town in Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

India said the four attackers, who sneaked into the Uri camp, infiltraed from Pakistan. Islamabad denied the allegation.

Days later, the Indian Army said it had avenged the Uri attack by conducting “surgical strikes” in Pakistan-administered Kashmir where seven terror launch pads were destroyed and an unknown number of militants and their sympathisers were killed on September 29.

Since then, militaries of the two countries have been regularly firing at each other daily across the LoC and the International Boundary.

On Monday, three civilians were injured in a similar exchange of fire in Poonch district.

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Amit Shah to meet injured Delhi Police cops

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New Delhi, 28 Jan : Two days after the violent clashes with the agitating farmers during the ‘Kisan Gantantra Parade’ in which several police personnel were injured, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit two hospitals in the national capital here to meet them.

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Put farm laws on hold or we will do it, Chief Justice Bobde tells government

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : A Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice S. A. Bobde on Monday toughened its stand on the farm laws and said the court has made up its mind to stay the implementation of the three farm laws, which have led to the protest by thousands of farmers at various Delhi borders.

“What is going on? States are rebelling against your laws”, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told the Centre. “We are extremely disappointed with the negotiation process,” he said.

“If the Centre does not want to stay the implementation of farm laws, we will put a stay on it,” the CJI added.

“We don’t want to make any stray observations on your negotiations but we are extremely disappointed with the process,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

The apex court, which was hearing a clutch of pleas challenging the new farm laws as well as the ones raising issues related to the ongoing agitation at Delhi borders, said it is not talking about the repeal of these farm laws at the moment.

“This is a very delicate situation,” the bench said, adding, “There is not a single petition before us which says that these farm laws are beneficial.”

“We will stay implementation of laws,” the CJI said. “You can carry on the protest. But the question is whether the protest should be held at the same site,” he added.

“Some people have committed suicide, old people and women are a part of the agitation. What is happening?” he said.

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Farmer agitation enters 47th day, all eyes on SC hearing pleas on protests

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New Delhi, 11 Jan : The farmer agitation on the borders of the national capital entered the 47th day on Monday as the farmers have taken to the streets protesting against the three central farm laws. But now all eyes are glued on the Supreme Court which would conduct a hearing on various pleas related to the farmers’ agitation and the new farm laws on Monday.

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