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Pakistan violates ceasefire, targets LoC in Poonch district with 120 mm mortar

Pakistani troops violating the ceasefire again on Monday and opened fire on forward areas along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2016 19:15 IST
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BSF soldiers take up positions at an outpost along a fence at the India-Pakistan border in RS Pura, Jammu and Kashmir.(AFP Photo)

Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire four times by targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Poonch district with 120 mm mortar bombs and opening fire with automatic weapons, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

There were reports of two civilians suffering minor injuries in the firing and shelling.

Pakistan shelled posts along the LoC in Shahpur, Krishnagati, Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district.

“Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked firing in Mandi and Sabzian sectors of Poonch district from 1345 hours today”, defence spokesperson Col Manish Mehta said.

They fired 120 mm, 80 mm mortar bombs, automatic weapons and small arms, he said, adding the exchanges are continuing.

Earlier Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Poonch using small arms, automatic and mortar bombs (in Shahpur) in Poonch, he said.

“It has appropriately been responded to, we have given them a befitting reply. The ceasefire violation is still on”, he said.

A police officer said the firing started at around 1045 hours and is going on.

Pakistani troops had earlier briefly opened fire in Krishnagati sector of Poonch district around 0100 hours, officials said.

Deputy Commissioner of Poonch, Mohmmad Harun Malik said that as per reports from the border area, two civilian has suffered minor injuries.

There have been four ceasefire violations on Monday and 10 since the surgical strikes carried out by Indian Army on the intervening night of September 28 and 29.

Pakistan had opened fire in forward areas in Pallanwala belt of Jammu district on Sunday evening.

On October 1, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts and civilian areas with mortar bombs, RPGS and HMGS amid small arms firing along LoC this sector.

There was heavy shelling of mortar bombs, RPGs and firing of Heavy Machine guns (HMGs) and small arms firing targeting forward positions along LoC in Pallanwala,Chhamb areas.

On September 30, Pakistani troops had opened fire from small arms along the LoC in Pallanwala, Chaprial and Samnam areas of Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

On September 29, Pakistan troops had resorted to firing in Balnoie area of Mendhar sector.

Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire on September 28 by opening fire on Indian army posts along LoC in Sabzian area Poonch sector.

On September 6, Pakistani troops had fired on Army posts along the LoC in Pooch sector.

Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on September 2 by firing on forward army posts along the LoC in Akhnoor sector of Jammu district.

Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others injured in 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan.

First Published: Oct 03, 2016 13:57 IST