Pak troops fire mortars on Kashmir LOC, now guns again fall silent

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Srinagar, Jul 30 (UNI) Pakistani troops today again violated the ceasefire and fired about half a dozen mortars from across the Line of Control (LoC), targeting an Indian post in Nowgam sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Indian troops did not retaliate, a defence ministry spokesman said here this afternoon, adding that the firing had now stopped after hotline contact was made with Pakistan.

He said the ceasefire violation in Nowgam sector occurred at around 1142 hrs when Pakistan troops fired three bombs of 82 MM Infantry Mortar towards a forward picket on the LOC.

Later, three more bombs fell in the same area at 1230 hrs, he said.

The spokesman said a message has been conveyed on hotline to Pakistan to stop firing, else the situation would escalate.

At present, the situation was peaceful, he said.

The attack came a day after both the countries agreed to hold the ceasefire.

India and Pakistan had agreed in 2003 for a ceasefire on the International Border and along the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan troops had on July 28 attacked the Indian post from across the border in the same Nowgam sector where the two armies exchanged fire for about 12 hours before the flag meeting yesterday.

The guns fell silent early yesterday morning after more than a 12-hour-long fierce clash following a flag meeting in which it was agreed by the troops of both the countries to hold the ceasefire.

One soldier was killed in the firing by Pakistani troops on July 28.

The trouble started when a group of about 10 to 12 Pakistani troops entered this side and objected to a forward post. However, when the troops were fleeing back into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), they opened fire on the Indian position. Indian troops also retaliated and the exchange continued till 0430 hrs yesterday. UNI BAS ASM RR UCS1930

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