Pak troops fire at Indian posts along LOC in Poonch

Army begins looking for infiltrators in the areas

 In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops fired on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday night.

“Pakistani troops used small arms, light machine guns, rockets and fired around 2,000 rounds on 10 Indian posts along the LoC in the mountainous Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch (around 180 km southwest of Srinagar) on Saturday last night. The firing started at 1930 hours and lasted till 2330 hours,” Jammu-based PRO Defence Col S N Acharya told Deccan Herald.

He said that Indian troops retaliated “to silence the Pakistani guns. There was no loss of life or damage to property in the firing.” Reports said intermittent firing went on till Sunday morning. A senior official said that the Army was searching the area to find if any infiltrators had sneaked in. “Pakistani troops fire at forward Indian posts with an aim to create confusion and push infiltrators from other areas. This has become a routine from the last few months. Keeping in view this aspect troops have been put on high alert in Poonch sector,” he added.

On November 25, on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the Indo-Pak ceasefire, Pakistani troops had fired heavily on Indian forward posts in the same area. Similarly, on October 17 Pakistani troops also fired on forward border belts of Goutrian and Mankote in the Poonch sector.

Official data reveal that more than 155 ceasefire violations by Pakistan and 49 incidents of firing at BSF positions along the LoC and International Border in J&K have taken place since the beginning of 2009.

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