After overnight fire exchange, LoC calm in Pir Panchal

SRINAGAR: Border areas on Poonch and Rajouri were reported calm after the rival armies exchange fire, reports from Pir Panchal valley said.

During wee hours on Sunday, India and Pakistan armies deployed on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajoori and Poonch exchanged fire.

Reports said that both the forces restored to shelling and fire.  While mentioning the situation, reports said that the Pakistani army used 2 inch mortars and automatic weapons in Rajouri’s Bhimber Ghali sector and Balakot sector in Poonch.

The shelling and firing started in Bhimber Ghali at 4 am and continued till 6 am, while in Balakot, it began at 6 am and ended at 6:45 am, reports said.

There was no causality or damage to any structure so far, reports said. This was the second incident of the fire exchange in last 24 hours officials said.

A defence spokesman accused Pakistan of “unprovoked” shelling insisting that it was fifth ceasefire violation along the LoC in 11 days in Pir Panchal belt alone. The firing was retaliated.

On March 12 and 13, there was unprovoked firing by Pakistan Army using 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons. Earlier on March 9, a soldier died in Pakistan firing.

In last many months, while the International Border remained calm, the Rajouri Poonch region is usually witnessing such duels, which sometimes cost lives.


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