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Pakistan Army violates ceasefire at Line of Control, says Indian army

No damage was reported on the Indian side of the border after a series of attacks.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2017 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jammu
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Remains of a mortar after shelling from Pakistan at Lam village in Jammu on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Pakistan and India traded shots along the Line of Control (LoC) as Pakistan reportedly violated the two countries’ ceasefire agreement multiple times in the last 24 hours.

According to defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta, the Pakistan army fired small arms, automatic weapons, and mortars on Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday the attack went from 8:20pm until 10pm in Poonch district. On Sunday firing recommenced at 9:45am in Poonch, and spread first to the International Border at 11:30am and then to Rajouri at 12:40pm. Civilian and military areas were targeted.

“The army posts are retaliating strongly and effectively,” said Mehta on Sunday afternoon. “The firing is presently on.”

Pakistan’s media presented its own side of the story. The Associated Press of Pakistan and The News International both said the Indian army initiated firing at the border area of Chirikot.

At present there are no reports of any damage on the Indian side, though mortar firing induced panic among the civilian population near the LoC.

The fresh spate of gunfire came after Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, visited troops on the other side of LoC in Muzaffarabad this weekend. It was Gen Bajwa’s third visit to the border this month . Ceasefire violations have followed his trips.

The entire area along LoC, especially Rajouri and Poonch, have become more volatile after the Indian army said two jawans were beheaded by Pakistan forces on May 1.

First Published: Jun 11, 2017 11:46 IST