With no let-up in ceasefire violations, Pakistan opens heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district and along the International Border (IB) in Kathua district on Friday and Saturday, prompting India to hit back in equal measure.
“Pakistani Rangers opened fire on forward posts and villages along the International Border in Kathua district,” officials said on Saturday.
Firing from across the border started around 9.50 pm on Friday in the Hiranagar sector’s Pansar Border Outpost area, drawing a strong and an effective retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF), they said.
The officials said that firing between both the sides continued till 3.35 am, but there was no report of any damage on the Indian side.
Pakistan opens heavy fire for a few minutes in Gurnam and Karol Krishna border outpost areas in the same sector, they said.
Pakistan also violated ceasefire in Balakot sector of Poonch district on Saturday, said a defence spokesperson.
“At about 1140 hours (11.40 AM) Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Balakote sector. Indian Army retaliated befittingly,” he informed.
Pakistani troops have resorted to more than 3,800 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir this year and even supported smuggling of arms and narcotic substances including through drones and quadcopters