India, Pak Exchange Fire In Poonch Sector

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Srinagar – Pakistani troops are reported to have violated the ceasefire targeting Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.

“Pakistani troops fired several rounds of RPGs and opened indiscriminate small arms fire on Indian posts in the Nangi-Tikri forward areas along the LoC ,” a defense spokesman told reporters.

They fired rocket projectile grenades (RPGS) and 600 rounds of light machine guns (LMGs) and other weapons at 11.15 pm on Monday and continued till 11.45 pm, he said, adding the Indian troops retaliated effectively.

However, there was no casualty or injury to anyone, the spokesman said.

In another incident, Pakistani troops fired on the Indian post of Kundna in Sabzian forward area along the LoC in the same district around 5 pm for five minutes on Monday.

“The Indian troops fired back effectively”, he said, adding there was no loss of life or damage to property.

Reports said Pakistan had violated the ceasefire 15 times in the past 18 days by firing mortars, rockets and small arms along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in the state.

Quoting locals, a local news agency, KNS, said the exchange of fire along the LoC had generated panic in the nearby areas who spent sleepless nights as a result.

The agency, quoting defense sources in Jammu said, Pakistan wanted to push in infiltrators under the cover of firing. Intelligence reports have said many infiltrators had crossed over to this side of the LoC during recent times and taken refuge in the nearby forests.

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