J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire in Akhnoor sector, India retaliates

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Jammu, March 4: Heavy firing took place between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector on Monday.

“At about 3 a.m. today, the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling and firing in the Akhnoor sector,” news agency IANS quoted the Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand as saying.

“Our positions effectively retaliated. The firing exchanges stopped at 6.30 a.m.,” he added.

After trading heavy fire on the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts for seven days, clashes between the two armies had stopped on Sunday.

All educational institutions within a 5 km distance from the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri remained closed on Monday.

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat visited forward positions on the LoC and the International Border on Sunday to review the preparedness of the deployed troops.

On Saturday, three civilians were killed in heavy shelling by the Pakistan Army along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

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