Pakistan viloates ceasefire along LoC, targets military post in Akhnoor after two-day lull in border skirmish with India

Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night.

Press Trust of India March 04, 2019 11:40:23 IST
Pakistan viloates ceasefire along LoC, targets military post in Akhnoor after two-day lull in border skirmish with India
  • Pakistani troops on Monday violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector

  • Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, defence spokesman said adding there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side

  • Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night

Jammu: Pakistani troops on Monday violated ceasefire by targeting forward posts and villages along the Line of Control in Akhnoor sector, breaking a two-day lull in cross-border skirmishes, officials said. "The firing from across the border started around 3.00 am and stopped at 6.30 pm," a defence spokesman said.

Pakistan viloates ceasefire along LoC targets military post in Akhnoor after twoday lull in border skirmish with India

Representational image. Reuters

He said Pakistan initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing mortar shells and small arms on forward posts and villages. "Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively," the spokesman said adding there was no report of any casualty on the Indian side.

Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night. The lull in the cross-border firing had come as a major relief to the border residents, especially in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, where Pakistan had violated ceasefire for over 50 times, killing four persons including three members of a family and injuring several others.

The ceasefire violations by Pakistan witnessed a spurt after India's air strike at Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on 26 February in a "preemptive" action following the terrorist group's 14 February suicide bombing in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Amid heightened tensions, Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat visited Jammu-based White Knight Corps on Saturday and reviewed the operational preparedness of the forces in the Corps Zone in view of the current situation along the LoC and the International Border. Gen Rawat visited various forward locations of Samba and Ratnuchak along the IB in Jammu region again on Sunday.

He expressed complete confidence in Indian Army capabilities to thwart any nefarious design of enemies of the country and handle any situation. The Army chief also praised the high state of morale and preparedness of the troops.

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