Srinagar: The fragile peace along the Line of Control (LoC) was shattered on Sunday, as India and Pakistani troops traded gunfire in Teetwal sector, breaking the ceasefire agreement signed by the armies of the two neighbouring countries in February this year.
“Around 6:55 am, Pakistani troops opened fire towards Indian army positions in Teetwal sector. The soldiers returned the fire,” a senior army official told Kashmir Observer on Sunday.
The officer, who wished not to be named, said that there’s a high possibility that Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in a bid to push infiltrators across the LoC. He further said that the exchange of fire between the two armies lasted for nearly ten minutes.
Pertinently, the cross-LoC firing comes six days after a senior army commander said that there has been no ceasefire violation along the LoCin Kashmir since the reiteration of the agreement between the armies of India and Pakistan in February this year.
“The ceasefire violations have not increased. This year there has been none (ceasefire violation). At least in the Kashmir Valley, there has been zero,” the General Officer Commanding (GoC) of the Army's Srinagar-based 15 Corps, Lt Gen D P Pandey told reporters on the sidelines of a function here on Monday.
Pandey had said while there has been no instigation from Pakistan, the Indian Army was totally alert and prepared to respond appropriately to any ceasefire violation.
"We are totally prepared for ceasefire violations, if anything happens, we are all set to respond appropriately. But, frankly, there has been no instigation from across the border, he had said.
India and Pakistan had agreed to the strict observance of all agreements, understandings and ceasefire along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from the February 24-25 midnight 2021.
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