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Pak accuses Indian troops of 'unprovoked firing'

March 22, 2009 00:16 IST

Pakistan accused Indian troops on Saturday of resorting to "unprovoked firing" on the Line of Control [Images] and violating a ceasefire prevailing along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir [Images].

A statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations said that "Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on the Line of Control in Pando sector near Chakoti, Muzaffarabad last night". Military officials said there were no casualties among the Pakistani troops.

A "strong protest has been lodged with Indian authorities for the ceasefire violation", the ISPR statement said. India and Pakistan put in place a ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir in November 2003 and guns have been almost silent since then.

However, incidents of firing have occurred along the LoC in the past few months. Shortly after the Mumbai [Images] attacks, Pakistani officials had alleged that Indian troops had opened fire in the Chum sector on the LoC on December 22.

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