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Pakistan troops violate ceasefire again!

October 15, 2013 13:14 IST

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu region twice in past 24 hours.

Pakistani Army resorted to shelling of mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Hamirpur and Bhimbher Gali (BG) sub-sectors of Poonch district from 0630 hours, a defence spokesman said.

Indian troops guarding the borderline took positions and gave strong retaliation with equal calibre weapons, triggering exchanges which are still going on intermittently, the spokesman said. 

“Our troops retaliated using the same calibre weapons. Intermittent firing is still on. No casualties or damage on own side till reports last came in,” the defence spokesman said, adding, "There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing and shelling by Pakistan along LoC on this side.”

Border Security Force jawan, Constable M Basu was injured when Pakistani troops resorted firing on Katav Border Out Post (BoP) along the International Border (IB) in Samba district on Monday.

On October 12, Pakistani Army troops resorted to firing of mortar shells, automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Bharasingha and Mendhar battalion forward areas in Krishna Gati and Bhimber Gali sub-sector of Poonch.

One October 11, Pakistani Army troops resorted to shelling of 82 mm mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Barasingha, Mendhar and

Hamirpur sub-sectors of Poonch district forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

There have been over 100 ceasefire violations since the beginning of 2013, according to officials.

The ceasefire agreement had come into force in November 2003 and had been holding nicely till the beginning of this year.

With Agency Inputs

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar