Over a week ahead of the first phase of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Saujjian sector of Poonch on Sunday night.
While defence ministry spokesman Lt Colonel Munish Mehta denied any ceasefire violation, sources said that small arms fire from across the LoC came around 10 pm. They fired a few shots at at intermittent intervals on the Indian side till 12.30 am.
However, there were no casualties or damage on the Indian side, sources said, adding that the latest incident of ceasefire violation was the first ever since Pakistani guns after prolonged skirmishes with India counterpart along the LoC and the international border, had fallen silent nearly a month ago. The Indian side did not retaliate.
Though borders have been peaceful with farmers visiting their fields right up to the zero line since the cessation of hostilities between two sides along the international border, Pakistan has started provoking again by firing a few shots here and there. Only last week, it had fired four mortar shells in Arnia sector which, however, fell in the fields without causing any damage.