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Pakistan Army violates ceasefire along LoC, India retaliates

Jammu: Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir by resorting to firing on forward posts on Saturday, drawing retaliation from Indian Army.

Representational image. Shahid Tantray/Firstpost

Representational image. Shahid Tantray/Firstpost

"Pakistani Army fired indiscriminately from small arms and automatic weapons from 1545 hours today on Indian Army
posts along the LoC in Noushera belt of Rajouri district," a defence spokesman said.

Army troops deployed on forward posts retaliated and the exchange was continuing till last reports came in.

This is the fifth violation of the ceasefire this month.

On 5 April, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch district by shelling forward posts with mortar bombs.

On 4 April, Pakistani Army fired mortar shells on Indian Army posts along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district.

On 3 April, Pakistani troops had shelled mortar bombs on forward posts in Balakote sector of Rajouri district.

In the second ceasefire violation on 3 April, Pakistani troops had shelled Indian posts along the LoC in Digwar area in Poonch sector.

As per the reports, heavy mortar shelling in Digwar area has created a fear psychosis among the area dwellers. In the same area, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO), Naib Subedar S Sanayaima Som, was killed by an improvise explosive device (IED) blast along the LoC in Poonch sector on 1 April.

It may be recalled there were four violations of the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch in March.

On 9 March, army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was killed when Pakistani soldiers initiated indiscriminate and
unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch.

In 2016 there were 228 instances of ceasefire violation along the LoC, while there were 221 instances of ceasefire violation along the International Border (IB).


Updated Date: Apr 08, 2017 20:48 PM

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