Jammu, Jan 10: Heavy firing exchanges took place on Thursday between Indian and Pakistan troopers on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, for the third consecutive day.
This is the seventh such ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch sector in the last three days.
On Wednesday, the Pakistan Army resorted to mortar shelling on forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC), said a defence official. Pakistani troops targeted posts in Gulpur and Khadi Karmara in Poonch district, he said.
“At about 0900 hours, Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by small arms and heavy caliber weapons besides shelling in Poonch,” he said, adding Indian troops retaliated strongly.
Pakistan has been increasingly violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India. It has resorted to firing and shelling along LoC five times in the past seven days, including on Tuesday. Also, the year 2018 witnessed the highest 2,936 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops in the past 15 years.