JAMMU: Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) for the fourth time in eight days by resorting to unprovoked firing and heavy shelling in J&K’s Poonch district on Sunday. The breach of truce comes a day after a soldier lost his life and three others were injured in a similar violation in the same district.
“Around 12.50pm, Pakistani troops initiated firing with small arms intense mortar shelling along the LoC in Poonch’s Balakot and Mendhar sectors, to which our soldiers retaliated effectively,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.
The cross-border fire exchange stopped around 3pm. While no injuries were reported, two residential houses were partially damaged due to the heavy shelling by Pakistan, said police sources.
In a similar breach of truce on Saturday afternoon, Pakistan opened unprovoked and indiscriminate fire along the LoC in Poonch’s Digwar sector, in which Naik Rajeev Singh Shekhawat lost his life while three other soldiers were injured.
On February 4, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch’s Shahour and Kirni sectors. On February 2, it initiated unprovoked mortar shelling targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the border in Balakot and Mendhar sectors in the district, in which at least three houses were partially damaged.


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