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Pakistani troops resume mortar shelling along LoC, India retaliates

Sources said that mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops across the LoC started at around 9 am.

Sources said that mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops across the LoC started at around 9 am. Sources said that mortar shelling by the Pakistani troops across the LoC started at around 9 am.

While the international border in Jammu and Kashmir remained peaceful since last week, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kerni and Saujjian sectors of Poonch on Wednesday morning.

Sources said that mortar shelling from across the LoC started at around 9 am and it was continuing till the report last came in. The Indian Army also retaliated to the firing.

Ever since Pakistani Rangers have stopped mortar shelling on civilian areas following strong retaliation by BSF along the international border, their regular troops have resumed shelling along the LoC in Poonch district.

Only two days ago, a woman was injured in Pakistani shelling on civilian population in Kerni sector.

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As many as Eight people have so far died and over 80 injured in mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers and regular troops along the borders in Jammu Kashmir since the beginning of current month.

Significantly, the unprovoked shelling from across the border has followed commitment by both US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in Washington to jointly fight terror.

In the wake of Pakistani firing, nearly 40,000 people have so far migrated from areas near the international border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. However, there are no reports of any migration along the LoC where Pakistani troops have now started resorting to shelling.

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In protest over repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, India has decided not to contact it for flag meeting. Instead, it has asked the troops to retaliate effectively to incidents of ceasefire violation.

First published on: 15-10-2014 at 10:00 IST
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