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Pakistan Army again violates ceasefire on LoC, day after India's protest

Pakistan Army on Sunday once again resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian positions on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
India TV News Desk New Delhi March 12, 2017 14:49 IST
India TV News Desk

The Pakistan Army on Sunday once again resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, a day after India had conveyed its strong protest and "grave concern" over continued ceasefire violations.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta told IANS that the Pakistanis used 82 mm mortars and automatics to target Indian positions at Krishna Ghati sector on the Line of Control.

"The shelling and firing started at 12 a.m. and our troops have responded befittingly," he said. "Intermittent firing exchanges are still going on."

The official said no casualty or damage was reported on the Indian side.

India had yesterday summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to register its protest over continued ceasefire violations by the Pakistan side at the LoC and international border in J&K. 

Syed Haider Shah was summoned to the Ministry of External Affairs and also conveyed India's strong protest at the fatal casualty of an Indian soldier in unprovoked firing by Pakistan forces on March 9. 

The Ministry said the Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner was also conveyed India's expectation that Pakistan will not take any step detrimental to peace along the LoC and IB and to the security of India. 

"He was conveyed the Government's grave concern and strong protest at the continuing incidents of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan side at the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB). 

"The Government registered its strong protest at the fatal casualty of an Indian soldier in unprovoked firing by Pakistan forces on March 9," the Ministry said. 

The army jawan was killed on Thursday when Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Poonch sector in Jammu region.