After a week-long lull, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing from small arms on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, drawing retaliation from India.
“Around 4:30 am Pakistani troops opened fire on our posts in Naushera sector prompting us to retaliate in equal measure,” said a senior Army officer of Northern Command. The battle went on till 7:30 am, he added.
A spokesperson of the defence ministry also confirmed the violation.
No one was injured in the gunfire. The officer, however, didn’t specify the nature of Pakistani fire.
So far over 25 ceasefire violations have occurred along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after India carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to dismantle terror launching pads.
In the firing and shelling, five civilians and four armymen had sustained injuries in Poonch district. Nine Pakistani armymen were injured in retaliatory action by Indian troops along LoC.
On October 8, Pakistani troops had fired on forward Indian posts along Mendhar-Krishnagati sector in Pooch district, injuring one jawan.
On October 5, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire thrice and resorted to heavy firing and mortar-shelling targeting several Indian posts and civilian areas in three sectors of Poonch and Rajouri districts.
Pakistani troops had on October 4 targeted 10 forward areas with mortar shelling and firing, with five ceasefire violations on Indian posts and civilian areas along LoC in four areas of Jammu, Poonch and Rajouri districts.
They shelled mortar bombs and opened small and automatic weapons in Jhangar, Kalsian, Makri in Noushera sector of Rajouri district and Gigriyal, Platan, Damanu, Channi and Palanwala areas of Pallanwala sector of Jammu district and Balnoi, Krishnagati in Poonch district.
Pakistani troops had on October 3 violated the ceasefire four times in Saujian, Shahpur-Kerni, Mandi and KG sectors in Poonch district.
A day before, Pakistan resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district.
On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC in Pallanwala sector in Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district.
On September 30, Pakistani troops restored to small arms firing along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial, Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.
The present tensions began after militants attacked an army camp in Uri on September 18, killing 19 soldiers.
(With inputs from PTI)