India on Thursday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
"We have lodged a strong protest over the firing on Indian forward post and ceasefire violation in Krishnagati belt of Poonch sector with Pakistan counterparts through hotline today," a senior army officer told PTI.
Pakistan troops fired on Indian posts in Krishagati belt of Poonch sector around Wednesday night as India celebrated its Independence day and continued intermittently till Thursday morning.
Pakistan Rangers also targetted Indian forward post along the Indo-Pak border in Pansar Border Out Post (BOP) of Samba sector on late Wednesday afternoon.
The two firing incidents and ceasefire violations by Pakistan came barely hours after greeting and presenting sweets to the BSF troops and Army on India's 66 Independence day by them on IB and LoC on Wednesday.
There were 8 ceasefire violation and firing incidents in past 10 days.
So far, there have been 31 ceasefire violations this year followed by 51 cases in 2011, 44 cases of ceasefire violations along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir were registered in 2010 and 28 were in 2009.
The recent firings and ceasefire violations by Pakistan came close on the heels of detection of 400-meter long tunnel in Samba sector on July 28.
"All activities across LoC are continuously monitored. Measures like strengthening of defences, deployment and redeployment of troops, infrastructure development and military modernisation are factored into our plans," officials have said.