Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, India retaliates

SansadTV Bureau

File photo of firing at Poonch, J&K

After a lull of over four months, the ceasefire on the Line of Control was violated again as Pakistani Army fired at two places, shelling mortar in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning. Indian troops are said to have retaliated to the firing.

The firing was still going on when last reports came in.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta.

He said the Pakistan Army resorted to heavy mortar, small arm and automatic weapon fire in Poonch sector since 3 AM.

“Our troops are responding appropriately and no casualties or damage to our troops was reported till the report last came in. The firing was still going on” the spokesman added.

This ceasefire violation comes after over four months as the last violation took place earlier thus year on April 10. Even the April 10, violation happened in Poonch.

Reports say, Pakistan had violated ceasefire also on September 18, 2015 in Balakote sector of Poonch district.

Last year, 16 civilians were killed and 71 others were injured in about 405 incidents of cross-border firing by Pakistan, the officer said.

While 253 incidents of ceasefire violations took place along the International Border (IB), 152 incidents were reported along the LoC, he said.

Around 8,000 people were temporarily affected due to the ceasefire violations and had to be shifted to safer locations.

(With inputs from PTI)