A day after Pakistan said India shouldn't mistake it for Myanmar, India hit back hard with mortar and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) firing in retaliation to ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch district on Thursday. According to army sources, a major infiltration bid assisted by the Pakistan army, was also foiled.
"Pakistan started unprovoked firing in the Sawjian sector in Poonch district on Thursday morning with small weapons at about 9.15 am. Indian army also fired back. The intermittent firing continued for some time," said defence spokesperson Lt Colonel Manish Mehta.
According to sources, the army had received intelligence inputs about an infiltration bid. The area across the Sawjain sector is manned by Mujahid battalion of the Pakistan army, which had in the past also fired at the Indian posts.
The sources said that a group of about five infiltrators fired at forward posts manned by the Area Dominating Party (ADR) of the army. The Pakistan troops also simultaneously fired at these forward areas.
The sources said the Indian troops fired mortar shells and also RPG. The firing continued till about 1pm Thursday afternoon.
It was the second incident of the ceasefire violation in this area, the earlier was on June 1. Pakistan had then fired RPG and mortar shells. There has been spurt in ceasefire violations in the Poonch sector.