Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K’s Poonch sector, Indian Army retaliates
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Pakistan violates ceasefire in J-K’s Poonch sector, Indian Army retaliates

On Tuesday, Pakistan violated ceasefire in Uri Sector in Baramulla district.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2017 08:34 IST
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Border Security Force soldiers standing guard during a night patrol near the fence at the India-Pakistan International Border at the outpost of Akhnoor sector, on October 2, 2016. (HT File Photo)

Pakistan on Wednesday resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, prompting the Indian army to give a befitting response.

“Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 0534 hours today in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC),” a defence spokesman said.

“Indian Army retaliating strongly and effectively”, he added.

There had been reports of firing and shelling in Mankote sub-sector of Poonch too.

On Tuesday, Pakistan violated the ceasefire in Baaz and Nambla areas of Uri Sector in Baramulla district of the state.

Earlier on August 13, the Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire four times along the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Baramulla districts, injuring three Army jawans.

Last Saturday, a junior commissioned officer (JCO) of the Indian Army and a civilian woman were killed in separate cases of ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch.

2017 has also seen a sharp increase in ceasefire violations at the LoC by Pakistan.

Till August 1, there had been 285 such violations by the Pakistan Army while in 2016, the number was significantly less at 228 for the entire year, the figures said adding that last year, eight Army personnel were killed in the ceasefire violations

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 07:40 IST