Pakistani troops again targeted Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing a retaliation from Indian troops.
This was the fifth ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the last fortnight. “Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms on Indian posts along the LoC in Nangi Tekri area of Poonch district from 2230 hours last night,” a defence spokesperson said here today.
Troops guarding the borderline fired back resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said, adding, “firing exchanges continued for a brief period till 2245 hours”.
There was no death, injury or damage to anyone on this side of the LoC due to the firing, the spokesperson said. On May 5, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire and resorted to firing from automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali area of Rajouri district.
On May 3, Pakistani troops had resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Mendhar in Poonch district.
On April 28, Pakistani troops resorted to firing from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian posts along the LoC in Bhimber Gali in Rajouri district.
Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire on April 25 by firing with small arms and mortars on Indian posts in Doda battalion areas along the LoC in Poonch district.
There are inputs that militants have been trying to infiltrate into India and the firing was “probably a ploy to ensure infiltration of terrorists under the cover of firing”, officials said.
There has been two infiltration bids along the LoC in Poonch district in the last one week. Two militants were killed yesterday when Army foiled an infiltration bid along Line of Control (LoC) in Kalsia belt of Poonch district. On May 3, troops foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Sawjian belt of Poonch district.
In Islamabad, Pakistani military claimed that Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing after midnight at Bhattal sector on the LoC and said it has lodged a protest.
“Pakistani troops responded effectively to Indian firing. No loss of life or damage to property reported so far. Pakistan has lodged a protest with Indian authorities,”
Pakistan military sources said.
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