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Pak violates ceasefire again

india Updated: Aug 22, 2013 19:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Pakistan fired along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday afternoon in the Poonch sector in yet another instance of ceasefire violation. It had, on Wednesday night also, fired mortar shells in two sectors in the Poonch area.

"Pakistani troops fired in the Banwat sub-sector at 12 noon, which continued for about an hour. There was an effective response from the army," defence spokesperson Col RK Palta said.

On Wednesday night, Pakistan fired at forward posts in Hamirpur and Mendhar sub-sectors in Poonch with automatic weapons and also fired mortars. The firing continued for about two hours till 11.30pm. There was no incident of firing on Tuesday.

There have been 52 infiltration attempts in the area under 16 Corps, which controls 225 km of LoC in the Jammu division, since January and eight infiltrators have been shot during this period.

A senior army official said the situation is fast returning to the pre-ceasefire agreement days, with firing by the Pakistani troops becoming a routine affair. Though there was no loss of life and property on the Indian side.

About 15 villages in the Balakot area along LoC are being regularly pounded by Pakistan with mortars. It has affected the daily life of villagers. According to reports, army has advised villagers to remain inside their homes for maximum possible time.

A middle school at Dubi, along the LoC in Balakote, having strength of 22 students is closed for the past 15 days due to firing. The school building was damaged in firing by Pakistan. Some people from this village had crossed over the LoC and migrated to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in 1995.