India Pakistan again exchange mortar shells on LoC

KL Report

SRINAGAR

India and Pakistan exchanged heavy firing or mortar shells in Poonch sector on Thursday. The Defence sources alleged Pakistan of another ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC).

“There were two ceasefire violations by Pakistan last night”, Defence Spokesman Col R K Palta reportedly said.

There was Pakistani firing along LoC on several Indian forward posts in Hamirpur sub-sector of Poonch district from 2130 hours last night, Col Palta said.

They fired automatic weapons and medium mortar shells, he said, adding, “Our troops retaliated effectively and exchanges continued till 2230 hours”.

There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing. Pakistan troops also fired on Indian posts along LoC in Mendhar sub-sector in Poonch district around 2230 hours and it continued till 2300 hours, Col Palta said, adding the troops retaliated effectively with any casualty.

Indo-Pak ceasefire of 2003 has become meaningless in the wake of cross firing between Indian and Pakistani troops on LoC.

 The 225-kms long LoC in Poonch-Rajouri sector has witnessed daily firing since August 10 with over 28 ceasefire violations recorded this month. There have been over 80 ceasefire violations this year from January one till now.

Pakistan and India allege one another of the ceasefire violations. Though the LoC is under the monitoring of United Nations Military Observers Group, which has its office in Srinagar and Rawalpindi.

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