LoC tension: Fresh exchange of firing in Poonch

KL Report


Pakistani troops opened heavy fire on Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir and also pounded civilian areas of Mankote and Mendhar belts, an Army official said on Monday.

“There was yet another firing by Pak Army along Hamirpur and Balakote border belts along the LoC in Poonch from last night,” Defence Spokeman SN Acharya said in Jammu.

They fired mortars, RPGs and automatic weapons and Indian troops retaliated strongly, resulting in exchanges which, after continuing throughout the night, were going on intermittently till this morning.

The reports from the area said Pakistani troops also pounded civilian areas with medium mortar shells and rockets, triggering panic among border dwellers in Mankote and Mendhar belts.

“There was no report of loss of life or injury to anyone among troops,” Acharya said.

Pertinently, Indian and Pakistani troops exchange firing on the LoC and allege one another of violating the ceasefire which is in place since more than a decade.

India alleged that Pakistani troops on Sunday violated ceasefire along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district around 2:05 PM and it continued till 4:30 pm.

There have been 15 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in past nine days, Army officials said.


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