Using heavy calibre guns, Indian Army retaliated strongly after Pakistani troops today resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing with rocket and mortar shell attacks on LoC posts in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector that injured three Army jawans and a civilian.
This is the 11th ceasefire violation in past five days, Army officials said today.
Defence Spokesman (Jammu) S N Acharya said in a official release that Pakistan Army started unprovoked firing at Indian forward posts in Mendhar sector from 06:30 AM.
"Own troops retaliated immediately with heavy calibre weapons," he said. The exchange of fire was still going on tonight.
They fired automatic weapons, rockets and mortar shells in which three jawans received minor injury. They have shifted to hospital.
A shell of 82-mm mortar fired by Pakistan troops fell in Sanjote forward area of Mendhar tehsil resulting in injury to Parvaiz, a civilian, who was shifted to GMC hospital in Jammu.
A rocket fired by Pakistani troops fell and exploded on a cowshed in Basonia village of Mendhar this afternoon resulting in death of a dozen cattle.
Defence Spokesman, Jammu, S N Acharya said in a official release that Pakistan Army started unprovoked firing at Indian forward posts in Mendhar sector from 06:30 AM.
"Own troops retaliated immediately with heavy calibre weapons," he said, adding that the firing was on till late in the afternoon.
"The 2003 Indo-Pak ceasefire has become meaningless. There is daily firing these days as was witnessed before the 2003 truce between India and Pakistan," a senior security officer said.
There have been 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops from January 1 to August 5 this year, which is 80 per cent more than during the same period last year, the defence spokesman said.
On Wednesday night at around 21:00 hours, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire and fired on Indian posts along LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district, he said.
They fired automatic weapons and medium mortar shells. Indian troops fired back resulting in exchanges which continued till 23:05 hours, he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing.
There were two ceasefire violations on August 13, when Pak troops targeted Narianpur BoP along IB in Samba district and 16 Indian forward posts in Hamirpur, Balakote and Mankote forward areas in Poonch through the night.
Three ceasefire violations took place on August 12 when Pak troops fired on BoPs and Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Durga Battalion (Poonch), Kothay (Samba) and Hamirpur-Balakote forward areas (Poonch).
On August 12, Pakistani troops opened heavy fire using mortars, rockets and small arms on 11 Indian forward posts along the LoC in Digwar, Mankote and Durga Battalion areas and it continued till next morning triggering heavy exchanges in Poonch.
Three ceasefire violations took place on August 11 when Pak troops fired in different sectors - Alfa Machial BoP in Jammu, Balakote-Mendhar in Poonch and Durga Battalion in Poonch district.
A jawan received bullet injuries in Pak firing at Alfa Machial BoP and was referred to AIIMS, Delhi.
BSF Head Constable Ram Niwas Meena of 200th Battalion was injured in snipper firing on Narainpur BoP area in Samba district along IB on August 5. Meena, who suffered bullet injury in chest, died in AIIMS on August 11.
On August 10, in a major ceasefire violation 3 days after killing of five jawans in Border Action Team attack, Pakistani troops targeted several Indian posts by firing 7,000 rounds of heavy Pika ammunition and mortar shells during seven hours of firing along LoC in Poonch district.
Pakistan troops in BAT attack on Indian Patrol near Sarla Post along LoC in Poonch district and killed 5 jawans and injured another.
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