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Heavy Pak. shelling

By Shujaat Bukhari

LEH, JULY 30. About 3,338 artillery rounds have been fired from across the border in the Ladakh region in the last nine days in order to disrupt the ``Kirti Divas'' celebrations. Army authorities believe it is an attempt by Pakistani forces to open a new front, after the failure of the Agra summit.

Though subjected to the heaviest shelling ever in the region the Army exercised maximum restraint. The Pakistani forces targeted civilian areas and the national highway to disrupt supplies to the Ladakh region.

According to the GOC of 14 Corps. Lt. Gen. Arjun Ray, the firing would have had the tacit support of an officer not less than a Corps Commander. ``Such an amount of firing is not possible without the decision at the highest level''.

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