Jammu/ New Delhi: The Indian Army Friday alleged that Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by firing with small arms and mortars on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pak troops resorted to small arms firing and mortars firing on Indian posts along LoC in Doda battalion area in Poonch district from 0935 hours”, a senior Indian Army officer told PTI.
Army troops guarding the borderline fired back resulting in intermittent exchanges of fire, he said.
The officer said there were inputs that militants were trying to infiltrate to this side and the firing was “probably a ploy to ensure infiltration of terrorist under the cover of firing”.
However, the Pakistani military in a statement alleged that India had violated the ceasefire.
“Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing this morning in Poonch sector. Indian troops used mortar and other heavy weapons. Pakistani troops responded effectively to Indian firing. No loss reported yet,” the Pakistan military’s media wing ISPR said.
Later in the day, Pakistan’s Director-General of Military Operations called up his Indian counterpart to discuss the issue.
The Pakistani DGMO called up the Indian DGMO and alleged that Indian troops violated the ceasefire but the Indian side told them that the violation was done by the Pakistani troops, Indian Army officials said here.
Official Pakistani sources here said that the Pakistani DGMO complained that the Indian side had violated the ceasefire and sought a sector commander-level meeting to resolve the issue and look at the ground situation.
Official Pakistani sources said their side reiterated its commitment for maintaining the ceasefire and adhere to the pacts signed between the DGMOs of the two sides in December last year.