Pak troops fire at Indian posts in Poonch sector

Published: 22nd August 2013 04:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2013 04:36 PM   |  A+A-


Fresh violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir occurred today as Pakistani troops launched unprovoked and indiscriminate salvos at Indian troops in Poonch district, defence sources said.

Pakistan Army troops opened fire with small and automatic weapons on forward posts in Poonch today at around 1205hrs, defence spokesman Col RK Palta said, adding there had been no loss of life or any injuries in the firing.

The firing from across the border prompted Indian troops to retaliate, leading to intermittent exchanges which were on when reports last came in, he said.

Pakistani forces fired on Indian forward areas in Kerni-I and Kerni-II in Poonch sector, reports stated, the third ceasefire violation since Wednesday in the district.

Pakistan Army had on Wednesday night committed two violations of the ceasefire by firing mortar shells at LoC postsin separate sub-sectors of Poonch district, drawing retaliation from Indian troops, Palta said.

Firing on several Indian posts in Hamirpur sub-sector along the LoC started at 2130hrs last night, he said.

Troops from across the LoC opened fire with automatic weapons and medium mortar shells, he said.

"Our troops retaliated effectively and the exchanges continued till 2230hrs," he added.

Pakistan troops had also fired at Indian posts in the Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch at around 2230hrs. The firing there continued till 2300hrs, Palta said.

Indian troops responded effectively without any casualties in either of the incidents of firing in Poonch last night.

"The 2003 Indo-Pak ceasefire has become meaningless. There is daily firing these days as was witnessed before 2003," said a senior security official.

The 225-km long LoC in the Poonch-Rajouri sector has been witness to daily violations of the ceasefire since August 10, adding up to 28 incident so far this month.

There have been over 80 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops this year from January 1.


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