Jammu: Pakistani troops on Tuesday resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region’s Rajouri district. Violating ceasefire agreement yet again, Pakistan army opened heavy fire on Indian posts leading to a five-hour gun battle between the two neighbours.
“The shelling and firing in the Naushera sector began at 8.30 p.m. on Monday night and continued till 1.30 a.m. today (Tuesday). They used 82 mm mortars and automatics. No damage or casualties were reported,” defence sources said.
There were no deaths or injuries on the Indian side, which responded in “equal measure” to unprovoked shooting by the Pakistan army in Naushera sector, Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.
One Indian soldier was killed when Pakistani troops started firing in the same area on Sunday. Pakistani army fired at Indian posts in the Nowshera sector, triggering a three-hour exchange of bullets.
Tension between the two neighbours rose a month ago after heavily-armed Pakistani ultras attacked an army base in Uri on the LoC, killing 19 Indian soldiers on September 18. Eleven days later, Indian army’s special forces conducted “surgical strikes” on terror launchpads across the PoK border.