Cross-Border Firing Rattles Kathua

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Jammu: After exchanging fire along the Line of Control (LoC) for two consecutive days, the Indian and Pakistani troops on Saturday traded heavy gunfire along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Saturday.

The Pakistani army has violated the ceasefire again by resorting to unprovoked firing along the IB in Kathua district, they said.

The firing from across the border started around 10.10 pm on Friday in the Bobiyaan border outpost area of Hiranagar sector, prompting an effective retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF), the officials said.

They said the cross-border firing between the two sides continued till 3 am but there was no report of any damage on the Indian side.

On Friday, the two armies had exchanged heavy fire and mortars along the LoC in Rajouri district. A day earlier, a 20-year-old man was injured in shelling by Pakistani troops along the LoC in Shahpur sector of Poonch district.

In 2020, over 5,400 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan, the highest in the past 19 years, were recorded along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 36 people were killed and over 130 injured in these ceasefire violations, according to the officials.

They said the shelling and firing by Pakistani troops last year was "very heavy", virtually making the 2003 India-Pakistan border truce redundant. (With PTI inputs)

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