No Let-up In Cross-LoC Shelling


  Indian forces personnel patrolling near the line of control | File Photo

Jammu: For the second consecutive day Saturday, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

A a defence spokesperson here said that Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire on Saturday with unprovoked firing and mortar shelling on forward posts and villages along the LoC in Poonch district.

The Indian Army retaliated befittingly to silence the Pakistani guns, he added.

“At about 5 pm, Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars in Kirni and Malti sectors,” the official said.

He said there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side.

The LoC has witnessed heavy firing and shelling during the last few weeks, resulting in an increased number of casualties and triggering a fear psychosis among the residents of border areas.

On December 1, the Pakistan army violated the ceasefire by shelling forward posts in Rajouri sector along the LoC. A BSF sub-inspector was killed in the shelling.

On November 27, two soldiers of the Indian Army were killed when Pakistani troops opened heavy fire and shelled forward posts in Sunderbani sector in Rajouri district.

On November 26, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Army was killed and a civilian critically injured in shelling by Pakistani troops in Kirni and Qasba sectors of Poonch.

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