Pakistan opens fire along LoC, 2nd ceasefire violation in a day
Defence ministry spokesman says the Pakistani army began firing of small arms, heavy automatics and Recoilless Rifles on the LoC in Naushera and Bhimber Gali sectors.india Updated: Jun 14, 2017 14:14 IST
A Kashmiri protester throws a tear gas shell back at police forces during a protest in Srinagar, with parts of the valley remaining under curfew with Kashmiri separatists calling for strikes to protest the killing of a civilian by security forces last week. Police busted a Hizbul Mujahideen module when they arrested two militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara on Monday, 12th June. Two supporters of the militant outfit were also nabbed in Awantipora. (AP)
The Pakistan Army on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked firing at two places along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the Indian Army to retaliate, officials said.
After violating the ceasefire in Poonch district earlier on Wednesday, the Pakistan Army opened fire in Naushera sector of Rajouri district.
Defence ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said: “The Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, heavy automatics and Recoilless Rifles on the LoC in Naushera sector also.”
Firing started at 9.30am after which the Indian Army retaliated.
The firing was still on.
Heavy shelling and firing exchanges between Indian and Pakistani armies took place earlier on Wednesday in Poonch district in Bhimber Gali sector.
“The Pakistan Army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms automatics and 82 mm mortars in Bhimber Gali sector of the LoC,” the spokesman told IANS.
The Pakistan Army has been violating the bilateral ceasefire during the last fortnight by resorting to indiscriminate shelling and firing, especially in Poonch and Rajouri districts.
The Indian Army says it is being done by Pakistan to facilitate the infiltration of militants into the Indian side.
First Published: Jun 14, 2017 13:40 IST