Pak troops shell mortars along LoC

Pak troops shell  mortars along LoC

Jammu, January 10

Pakistani troops violated ceasefire by resorting to unprovoked mortar shelling and firing on forward posts and villages in different sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Rajouri, Poonch and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Sunday.

However, there was no immediate report of any damage on the Indian side, they said. “At about 3 pm, Pakistan (Army) initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling mortars along the LoC in the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district. The Army retaliates befittingly,” a defence spokesman said. The officials said the shelling between the two sides was continuing when last reports were received.

The officials said the Pakistan Army also resorted to mortar shelling in the Balakote, Digwar and Kirni sectors along the LoC in Poonch district.

The shelling in the Balakote sector started around 3.35 pm followed by Digwar and Kirni sectors at 4 pm, the officials said, adding the Indian troops also fired back and the cross-border shelling was going in all three sectors when last reports were received.

Pakistani rangers also resorted to unprovoked firing in the Gurnam Border Outpost area along the IB in the Hiranagar sector of Kathua district. The firing from across the border started around 11.10 pm on Saturday, prompting retaliation by the BSF, the officials said, adding the firing between the two sides continued till 1.20 am on Sunday. — PTI

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