SRINAGAR: The tension continued to prevail along Line of Control and International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistani troops firing on Army posts and civilian areas at five places in Jammu on Tuesday.
“Pakistani troops breached border ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked firing from small arms and mortar shelling towards army posts and civilian areas at three places in Naushera sector from 5 am,” defence spokesman in Jammu Lt Col Manish Mehta told Express.
He said the army also retaliated and fired from similar-calibre weapons on positions of Pakistani troops.
“Both sides exchanged fire and mortar shells for about three hours,” Mehta said.
The defence spokesman further said Pakistani troops fired without any provocation on army positions in Pallanwala sector of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district from 1.35 pm.
He said the army men also returned the fire and the exchange of fire between the two sides continued for at least four hours.
“No casualties or damage to properties was caused on this side in the Pakistani troops firing,” the spokesman said.
The Pakistani troops had breached the border ceasefire at least four times in Jammu yesterday by resorting to unprovoked firing on Indian army posts and civilian areas. At least five people including four women were injured in the Pakistani troops firing.
The army and BSF are on high alert along the LoC and IB after recent surgical strikes by army on militant launch pads across the Line of Control. In view of the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan, additional security men have been deployed along the LoC and IB to meet any eventuality. The troops have also moved military hardware to the forward positions to deal with any situation.