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Pak troops shell LoC areas in Poonch, ceasefire violated for 3rd consecutive day

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The army violated ceasefire for a third consecutive day Thursday, shelling forward posts and civilian areas along the in and Kashmir's district inviting a strong retaliation from Indian forces, officials said.

The year 2018 witnessed the highest number of ceasefire violations -- 2,936 -- by troops in the last 15 years along the Indo-Pak border.

"The resorted to firing and shelling on forward posts along the LoC in sector Thursday morning," officials said, adding there were no casualties or on the Indian side.

Indian troops guarding the border retaliated strongly, he said.

On Wednesday as well, Pakistani troops had fired on and shelled the Kalal forward area in Nowshera sector of district twice, they said.

The continuous shelling and firing on villages has set in a fear psychosis among the border dwellers.

With the latest incident, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in seven of first 10 days of the new year.

The fired on forward posts along the LoC on Tuesday as well.

Despite repeated calls, made during Indo-Pak flag meetings, for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity, the Indo-Pak border areas witnessed shelling and firing.

The of northern commander, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, had Monday visited forward areas along the LoC and reviewed security situation in and districts, officials said.

Accompanied by Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, Lt Gen visited forward posts of and Akhnoor sectors to review the operationalpreparedness and the prevailing security situation, they said.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:30 IST