India, Pak Trade Fire In Macchil Sector

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Srinagar: Indian and Pakistani troops on Saturday exchanged gunfire along the line of control (LoC) in Macchil sector of Kupwara district.

Pakistani Rangers violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked firing upon the posts of Indian army in Machil sector along the LoC, official sources said.

"The fire was heavily retaliated and there were no immediate reports about any damage to either of the side", the officials said.

Meanwhile, a senior police official confirmed the ceasefire violation in the Machil sector.

"There is no report of damage from the sector as of now", he said

The latest flare-up at LoC comes three days after a soldier was killed in Pakistani firing in Rajouri district.

Sepoy Laxman, a resident of Jodhpur in Rajasthan, was the fourth soldier killed this year in cross-border firing along the LoC.

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.

On Tuesday, Lok Sabha was informed that a total of 10,752 cases of ceasefire violation have taken place along India's border with Pakistan in the last three years in which 72 security personnel and 70 civilians were killed,

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said 364 security personnel and 341 civilians were injured in these ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018, 2019 and 2020. (With agency inputs)

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