India, Pak accuse each other of ceasefire violations

Srinagar: India and Pakistan accused each other of “unprovoked firing” along the Line of Control, days after their top border security officials agreed to stop mortar firing along the International Border.
Quoting a defence spokesman, PTI said that Pakistani troops fired with automatic weapons and mortar artillery on forward posts along the LoC in Krishnagati sector of Jammu this morning and in Balakote sector last night.
“Our side retaliated appropriately but no casualty or damage was reported,” the defence spokesman said.
On Sunday, BSF officer Sohan was killed in Pakistan shelling when Pakistani troops targeted their post in Manjakotr sector along LoC in Rajouri district.
Pakistani daily, the Dawn, reported that a Pakistani civilian was injured when Indian Border Security Force (BSF) resorted to ‘unprovoked’ firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rawalakot’s Battal sector on Wednesday.
The civilian, Ghulam Nabi, a resident of Alam village of Battal sector, was wounded in the second incident of ceasefire violation from the Indian side in the last 24 hours, the newspaper said.
Pakistan also summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad, JP Singh, to lodge a protest over the killing of a soldier in firing by Indian troops. On Tuesday, a Pakistani soldier was killed in a similar incident in Battal sector, it added.
The latest bout of border skirmish follows a bi-annual meeting between commanders of Pakistan’s Rangers and India’s Border Security Force, in which the two sides had agreed to stop border violations along the LoC, check smuggling and ensure expeditious repatriation of those who inadvertently cross borders.

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