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Pakistan again violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K, breaks two-day lull

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively and the exchange of firing between the two sides continued till 6.30 am

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

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Pakistani troops Monday violated ceasefire at two places by targeting forward posts and villages along the in and Kashmir, breaking a two-day lull in cross-border skirmishes, officials said.

The firing and shelling by in Akhnoor and Poonch sectors in region, however, caused no casualty, they said.

A defence said initiated the unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing mortar shells and small arms on forward posts and villages around 3.00 am in Akhnoor sector of district.

The Indian retaliated strongly and effectively and the exchange of firing between the two sides continued till 6.30 am, he said.

The said also initiated unprovoked shelling with mortars and firing of small arms in Poonch sector around 5.30 pm, prompting strong and effective retaliation by the Indian

Barring a two-hour cross-border firing in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, the guns had fallen silent all along the LoC since Friday night.

The lull in the cross-border firing had come as a major relief to the border residents, especially in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri, where Pakistan had violated ceasefire for over 50 times, targeting 80 villages which left four persons, including three members of a family dead, and several others injured.

The ceasefire violation by Pakistan witnessed a spurt after India's air strike at terror camp in Balakot in province on February 26 in a "preemptive" action following the terrorist group's February 14 suicide bombing in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

Amid heightened tensions, Gen visited Jammu-based on Saturday and reviewed the operational preparedness of the forces in the Corps Zone in view of the current situation along the LoC and the International Border.

Gen Rawat visited various forward locations of Samba and Ratnuchak along the IB in Jammu region again on Sunday.

He expressed complete confidence in capabilities to thwart any nefarious design of enemies of the country and handle any situation.

The Army also praised the high state of morale and preparedness of the troops.

First Published: Mon, March 04 2019. 18:55 IST