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Pak troops fire at LoC posts again, second ceasefire violation in 48 hours

JAMMU: Pakistani troops continued unprovoked firing on forward Indian positions along the Line of Control in Jammu Kashmir for the second day on Sunday.

A defence ministry spokesman Lt Col Maneesh Mehta said that Pakistani troops carried out unprovoked firing with small and automatic weapons in Mendhar sector around 11:30 am. The Indian army retaliated and the exchange of fire was continuing till reports last came in.

It has been second incident of ceasefire violation along the LoC in Jammu region during the last 48 hours as Pakistani troops had on Saturday opened fire at Indian positions in Poonch sector. These latest incidents of ceasefire violation have followed release of a BSF Jawan to India by Pakistani Rangers a day earlier. The jawan was swept to the Pakistani side by strong water currents of river Chenab.

“Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts by resorting to unprovoked firing from small arms and automatic weapons in Mendhar sector in Poonch district of Jammu & Kashmir at 11:30 hours today,” Defence Spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

The Indian troops guarding the border with Pakistan took positions and fired back with equal calibre weapons, resulting in intermittent exchange of fire, he said. “There was no loss of life or damage to property in the firing on this side of LoC,” Lt Col Mehta said, adding “the firing exchange continued till the time last reports came in”.