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Pakistan opens heavy fire on Indian posts in Poonch

After Indian troops opened preventive fire in wee hours on Friday after suspicious movement on the Line of Control (LoC) in Malti sector of Poonch district, Pakistan army opened fire and shot mortars on nearly six Indian posts in the area.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2016 13:00 IST
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The gun-duel lasted till 7.30 am and now intermittent exchanges are on.(Photo: PTI)

After Indian troops opened preventive fire in wee hours on Friday after suspicious movement on the Line of Control (LoC) in Malti sector of Poonch district, Pakistan army opened fire and shot mortars on nearly six Indian posts in the area.

The gun-duel lasted till 7.30 am and now intermittent exchanges are on.

“At around 4.30 am today (Friday), Indian troops fired four to five rounds on a suspicious movement in Malti sector of Poonch to foil a possible infiltration. Consequently, Pak army also opened fire and a gun-battle between the two side ensued,” said an intelligence source.

Pakistan started firing mortars on Indian posts, viz, Langoor, Nakkarkote, Malti Forward, Bahadur and Ashoka. The Indian army responded in equal measure, he added. He also said the exchange of fire was post-to-post between the two sides. While heavy fire subsided by 7.30 am, intermittent exchange of fire is still on, he said. There were no reports of any loss of life and property.

However, defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta denied any firing between the two sides in Poonch on Friday.

Station house offficer (SHO) of Khour police station in Pallanwala sector said the army again on Friday morning launched a search operation in Jourian. “It was a normal search operation and the areas close to LoC and Jourian were searched for possible infiltrators, but nothing was found,” he said.

He also said that on Thursday night, there was intermittent small arms fire by Pakistani army in Channi Dewanu, Darkote and Platan forward areas. “Our troops had also responded to them but the fire was intermittent,” he added.

Following India’s surgical strikes across the LoC, a desperate Pakistan has moved over 100 ultras close to the borders on its side to push them into Indian territory to flare up insurgency.

Kashmir has already been in the grip of violent protests and is witnessing spurt in terror attacks since Hizbul ultra Burhan Wani was killed on July 8. Pakistan has been violating with impunity the mutually brokered bilateral ceasefire agreement between the two nuke countries in November 2003.