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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Poonch

The latest ceasefire violation comes a day after the Pakistani troops killed an Army Major and three jawans and injured another in Keri sector of nearby Rajouri district

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Poonch
From left- Army Major Moharkar Prafulla Ambadas (L), Lance Naik Gurmail Singh, Lance Naik Kuldeep Singh and Sepoy Pargat Singh (Photo: PTI)

Pakistani troops today resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control in district of Jammu and Kashmir, a day after a similar incident took the lives of four Army personnel in nearby district.

The Pakistani troops started firing from heavy and light weapons from across the border, targeting forward posts and villages in Shahpur sector around 12.55 pm, a said.

He said the Indian troops guarding the retaliated effectively and that the firing between the two sides was going on when the last reports came.

However, there is no immediate report of any casualty in the skirmishes, the said.

The latest ceasefire violation comes a day after the Pakistani troops killed an and three jawans and injured another in Keri sector of nearby district.

witnessed a total of 881 ceasefire violations this year, highest in the past seven years, along the and the International Border (IB), resulting in the death of 34 persons.

According to officials, has violated ceasefire along the in 771 times till December 10, and 110 times along the IB till November-end this year.

Thirty persons -- 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel -- were killed in such incidents.

The truce between and along the International Border, Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in came into force in November, 2003.

shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan, of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

In 2016, there were 449 incidents of ceasefire violations wherein 13 civilians and 13 government forces personnel were killed and 83 civilians and 99 security personnel were injured.

In 2014, there were 583 incidents of ceasefire violation in which 14 civilians and three security personnel were killed and 101 civilians and 28 security personnel were injured.

In 2015, the number of ceasefire violations was 405; 347 in 2013, 114 in 2012, 62 in 2011 and 70 in 2010.

First Published: Sun, December 24 2017. 16:43 IST
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