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Pak targets LoC posts, second ceasefire violation in 48 hours

loc-L It was the second incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu region during the last 48 hours
Express News Service | Jammu | Posted: August 11, 2014 4:04 am

Pakistani troops continued unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir for the second day on Sunday.

Defence ministry spokesman Lt Col Maneesh Mehta said that unprovoked small arms and automatic weapon fire from across the border started around 11.30 am and it was continuing till reports last came in the afternoon. The Indian Army also retaliated with equal calibre weapons, he said, adding that there was no damage or casualty on the Indian side.

It was the second incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu region during the last 48 hours. On Saturday, they had targeted forward Indian positions with small and automatic weapons fire in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district.

Significantly, these incidents come after a BSF jawan was handed over by Pakistan to India as a goodwill gesture on Friday.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also recently told his government that it was time to mend relationship with India.

Since July last, there have been over a dozen incidents of ceasefire violations both along the International Border and the LoC in which one Army Naik and a BSF jawan have been killed and nine others including civilians injured. During the current year, there have been nearly 50 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the LoC and a dozen on the International Border in the state.

However, their number was 199 along the LoC and 143 on International Border last year.

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