Pakistan resorts to shelling, firing along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch; violates ceasefire for third consecutive day

  • The Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and small arms firing on the forward posts along LoC

  • On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation along the LoC in Kalal sector of Rajouri district

  • They resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri on Tuesday as well

Jammu: The Pakistan Army fired on forward posts and civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Thursday, thereby violating the ceasefire for the third consecutive day, officials said.

"The Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling and small arms firing on the forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector from 01.00 hours," they said.

 Pakistan resorts to shelling, firing along LoC in Jammu and Kashmirs Poonch; violates ceasefire for third consecutive day

Representational image. PTI

According to officials, Indian troops retaliated strongly.

"There were five ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army during the past 24 hours along the LoC in Rajouri and Poonch districts," they said.

On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by resorting to heavy shelling with mortars and firing of small arms along the LoC in Kalal sector of Rajouri district.

The Pakistan Army had resorted to unprovoked firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri on Tuesday as well.

The year 2018 had witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations - 2,936 - by Pakistani troops in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.

"Pakistan continues to violate the ceasefire understanding of 2003 despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the agreement during flag meetings between the border guarding forces of the two countries," the officials said.

Amid mounting tension between India and Pakistan following the Pulwama terror attack and increasing ceasefire violations, the people along the LoC and the International Border (IB) in this region are living under intense fear.

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Updated Date: Feb 21, 2019 19:20:53 IST