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Cross-LoC trade suspended in J&K's Poonch after Pak violates ceasefire

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The cross-LoC trade was suspended on Wednesday after Army violated the ceasefire along the by resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and small arms firing in Jammu and Kashmir's district, officials said.

Five mortar shells hit the trade facilitation centre at Chakan-da-Bagh, damaging a few sheds, including the one housing the scanner, of LoC trade centre, Poonch, told

He said the shelling took place around 12.30 pm, when the process of scanning of the trucks was almost complete.

There were no casualties but the shelling caused panic among those present at the centre, he said, adding that the main building remained safe.

Kohli said the cross-LoC trade was suspended for the day in view of the shelling.

Officials said the shelling started in Krishna Ghati sector around 10.30 am and later spread to sector.

The retaliated strongly and effectively, they said, adding that the shelling was continuing when last reports were received.

The cross-LoC trade between on this side and Rawalakot in Pakistan-occupied (PoK), which started in October 2008, takes place from Tuesday to Friday every week on barter system.

The latest ceasefire violation comes after a two-day lull in the cross-border skirmishes which had witnessed a spurt after India's pre-emptive air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26.

The strike followed the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. The JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 21:17 IST