Pakistan violates ceasefire; firing at several Indian posts

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Jammu and Kashmir
Jammu, Oct 20: In seventh ceasefire violation this month, Pakistani troops fired at several Indian posts along the border in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Pakistan troops have fired with small arms, light and medium weapons on several Indian posts along Indo-Pak border in Krishnagati sub-sector along Line of Control (LoC) of Poonch district from 2230 hours last night," PRO Defence, Col RK Palta told PTI.

"They have also violated the ceasefire," he said. "They opened fire on Indian posts of Kripan, Kranti and Battal along Line of Control (LoC) from 2230 hours till 2330 hours last night," Palta said.

"The firing of small arms, light and medium weaponry continued for one hour," he said. There was retaliation from the Indian side as they observed calm, he said. There was no loss of life or damage to property in the firing, he added.

In another such incident, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire and fired on Abdullian Border Out Post (BoP) along International Border (Ib) in RS Pura sector in Jammu district yesterday for brief period, officials said.

However, there was no loss of life or damage to property reported in the firing, which continued for few minutes.

This is the seventh case of ceasefire violation in October this year. It may be recalled that Pakistan had violated ceasefire 25 times in the past two months along IB and Line of Control (LoC) in J&K.

On Oct 17, Pakistani troops resorted to small arms firing on forward border belts of Goutrian and Mankote (separate areas) along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had asked Pakistan to respect the ceasefire, saying guns were no solution to any issue. Omar had said, "...We also have guns and mortars. If we also start firing, where will this stop?"

PTI

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