India, Pak Armies Trade Fire After 2-Day Lull 

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JAMMU — Breaking a two-day lull, India and Pakistani troops exchanged fire at two places along the Line of Control in Jammu, officials said.

Defence ministry officials said the firing and shelling took place in Akhnoor and Poonch sectors in Jammu region. However, there was no casualty in this side of the divide, they said. 

A defence spokesperson said Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing mortar shells and small arms on forward posts and villages around 3.00 am in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively and the exchange of firing between the two sides continued till 6.30 am, he said.

The spokesperson said Pakistan also initiated “unprovoked” shelling with mortars and firing of small arms in Poonch sector around 5.30 pm, prompting strong and effective retaliation by the Indian Army. 

Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night.

The lull in the cross-border firing had come as a major relief to the border residents, especially in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.

The Pakistan military’s media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), issued a situation update Monday to claim that Indian troops had initiated firing in the Neza Pir, Pandu, Khanjar Munawar, Battal and Baghsar sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and intermittent firing was continuing, dawn.com reported .

“Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian fire targeting Indian posts,” the ISPR said, adding that there were no casualties on the Pakistan side in the past 24 hours.


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