'Fresh cease-fire violation across LoC'

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Srinagar, Aug 6: The Government of India reported fresh firing on Wednesday, Aug 6 from across the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

"There has been fresh firing on our positions. The "brief firing with small arms" took place in the Nowgam sector, north of Srinagar. We're seeking to ascertain whether it was a militant attack or firing by Pakistani soldiers," said army spokesman Anil Kumar Mathur. This is the third time that there has been a cease-fire violation in the past month. These incidents have been taken up at the highest level by India, but Pakistan has repeatedly denied the allegation.

On July 28, around 15 Pakistani soldiers had crossed over to the Indian side in the Nowgam Sector of Jammu and Kashmir in violation of the 2003 ceasefire announced by the two neighbours. Pakistani troops fired again at Indian forces at the Nariya Post in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara Sector on Wednesday, July 30 violating the ceasefire agreed between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC).

Tensions have heightened between the South Asian neighbours since a suicide bombing outside the Indian embassy in Kabul on July 7 claimed the lives of over 50 people, including that of a diplomat and an army brigadier.

India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire along the Line of Control in November 2003 and launched a peace process in 2004. Since then, there have been sporadic small clashes.


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