Skirmishes On LoC Continue In Poonch

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Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control – File Pic

Srinagar: For the second running day Tuesday, India and Pakistan troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

According to a defence spokesman, Pakistan army resorted to heavy shelling along the LoC in Poonch district today, prompting strong retaliation by the Indian Army.

“At about 0630 am today, the Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in Mankote sector in Poonch district,”

The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he said.

Till last reports came in, shelling exchanges were still going on in the area.

Meanwhile, government forces defused three mortar shells that had landed in

Dardkote village of Uri sector on Sunday last after an exchange of fire between the India and Pakistan armies.

According to the locals, several houses had suffered damages after shells landed in Hajipeer and Kamalkote sectors of Uri.

Fear has heightened among villagers along the LoC in Rajouri, Poonch and Kupwara since three civilians were killed in April in shelling by Pakistan.

 

There were a total of 646 incidents of ceasefire violation along the International Border (IB) as well as the LoC between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in March.

 

Over 3,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistan’s troops were recorded in 2019. There is a 198-km IB and over 510 km of LoC with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.

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