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Jammu: Pakistan had yet again violated the ceasefire violation in Balakot sector in Poonch, in Jammu and Kashmir. There has been heavy firing from Pakistan’s side with mortar. Indian troops have been retaliating. This is the second time on Thursday that the country broke the ceasefire.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire for the fifth day on Thursday morning increasing the arch of firing and shelling along LoC by targeting scores of Indian posts and civilian areas in three districts of Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch, drawing retaliation from the Army.
The latest escalation from Pakistani side is apparently aimed at helping militants to infiltrate from across the border ahead of Independence Day to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said. There have been four ceasefire violations in three sectors of Krishnagati, Bhimbhergali and Pallanwala in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts overnight and a total of seven such violations since yesterday, they said.
Troops guarding the LoC retaliated resulting in exchanges, Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said, adding there was no loss of life or injury to any one in the firing.
Pakistan troops resorted to small arms firing intermittently on forward posts along LoC in KG, BG and Pallanwala sectors of Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts between 8 PM yesterday and 5 AM this morning, he said.
There was firing from Pakistan between 8: 00 to 8: 15 PM in KG sector, 12:30 to 1:30 PM in BG sector and 1:00 to 1:10 PM and 4:15 to 5:10 PM in Pallanwala sector overnight, Lt Col Mehta said.
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