Exchange Of Fire Along LoC in Poonch

KL Report

SRINAGAR

The troops again exchanged fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, violating the bilateral ceasefire twice since Sunday.

An army spokesman Colonel RK Kalia said Monday, “Pakistani troops fired at our positions in Mandi and Garhi areas of LoC in Poonch district late yesterday (Sunday). The exchange of fire continued till early Monday, he said.

He said this was the second violation of the bilateral ceasefire by Pakistan since Sunday in Poonch district. The ceasefire agreement was signed by the two neighbours in November 2003. It had brought normalcy in the lives of thousands of people living close to the border.

India has been accusing Pakistan of unprovoked violation of the ceasefire agreement since the beginning of the year.

 On Friday, India’s External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz, met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and agreed to respect the LoC ceasefire agreement. Just two days after the meet, ceasefire was again violated.

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