J&K: Pakistan troops violate ceasefire in Akhnoor sector; Indian Army retaliates

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According to a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand, the ceasefire violation from across the border started around 3 am and stopped around 6.30 am.

Shared News: Updated: March 4, 2019 10:17:28 am

The Indian Army retaliated to firing of mortar shells and small arms by Pakistan Army along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector. (File)

Pakistani troops on Monday continued unprovoked firing of mortar shells and small arms along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector, breaking a two-day lull in cross-border encounters.


According to a defence ministry spokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand, the ceasefire violation from across the border started around 3 am, with Pakistani troops firing mortar shells and small arms.

The Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively, the spokesperson said. The cross border firing of shells and small arms stopped around 6.30 am.

Apart from a two-hour exchange of fire across the border in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district Saturday afternoon, there were no reports of firing in the rest of the sectors since 11 pm Friday. “There is no report of firing and shelling by Pakistan along the LoC overnight…the army is on high alert and maintaining tight vigil,” a defence spokesperson had said.

The lull in the cross-border firing came as a major relief to the border residents, who faced intense shelling by Pakistan, which witnessed a spurt after India’s air strike at a Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province last Tuesday.



 

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