Guns roar in Poonch as India, Pakistan armies exchange fire

Poonch: The guns at the Line of Control (LoC) in Shahpur sector of Poonch roared once again as armies of India and Pakistan exchanged mortar shelling in the area after a brief lull for about a week.

According to the defence sources, the shelling from across the border started around 7.40 am and it continued till Wednesday evening. They were firing mortars, automatics and small arms, police said, adding no casualties were reported. The Indian troops were retaliating effectively and strongly.

Notably, the latest ceasefire violation has come in Poonch district over a week after resumption of cross LoC travel and trade through Chakkan Da Bagh on Poonch-Rawalakote road. Following mortar shelling by Pakistani troops at Chakkan Da Bagh on July 8-9, both travel and trade were remained suspended there for nearly four months.

According to the reports, there have been nearly 300 incidents of ceasefire violations along the border between India and Pakistan during this year so far, resulting in the death of nearly a dozen people, including soldiers and injuries to many others. On October 31, a 12-year-old girl Gulnaz Akhtar was injured in Pakistani firing at Karmara village.


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