Pakistan violates ceasefire again; Indian troops retaliate - The New Indian Express

Pakistan violates ceasefire again; Indian troops retaliate

Published: 20th August 2013 12:44 PM

Last Updated: 20th August 2013 12:53 PM

In fresh ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops on Tuesday opened fire from automatic weapons and mortars in Hamirpur and Mendhar along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

The Pakistani troops targeted the battalion in Hamirpur on Tuesday morning, sparking an exchange of fire, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

Pakistani troops had fired in the same area on Monday, leading to exchanges between the two sides.

Pakistani troops had earlier fired heavily on Indian posts in Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the LoC in Poonch and also pounded civilian areas in Mankote and Mendhar belts.

This year, there have been 82 violations by Pakistan till August.

From August 6, there has been an increase in frequency with 24 violations taking place including the tragedy in which five Indian soldiers were killed in Poonch by Pakistani troops.

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