Indo-Pak border troops exchange fire at Poonch

Indo-Pak border troops exchange fire at Poonch

SRINAGAR: The Pakistan army and Indian Border Security Forces exchanged fire along the Line of Control in Poonch sector of Jammu region.
Reports said that both sides resorted to heavy firing and shelling at around 11:40pm on Saturday, while the action continued till 4:45 am.
No loss of life or property has been reported so far.
Both sides blamed each other for triggering the fire exchange.
Spokesman of the Indian army, Lt Col Manish Mehta, said Pakistan army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur area by firing with automatic weapons.
“The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch sector. Our troops have responded appropriately. No casualty or damage to our troops was reported,” he said.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan said the Indian troops “resorted to heavy unprovoked firing and shelling”, Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported.
The ISPR said, “The Pakistan army troops provided a befitting response.” This is the first instance of cross-border firing reported in nearly six months.
—With PTI inputs

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