India, Pakistan exchange fire along LoC in Noushera

Jammu: India and Pakistani troops today exchanged heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Naushera sector in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Wednesday.

A police official said that the Pakistani army targeted forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Noushera sector in Jammu and Kashmir for nearly an hour, which was retaliated by Indian army.

He said that the small arms firing from across the border targeting forward posts in Noushera sector started around 9 am.

The exchange of fire between the two sides continued till 10 am, a police official said.

There was no report of any casualty in the incident, the official said.

Pertinently five days earlier Pakistani troops opened fire from across the border, leaving four Army personnel dead and another soldier injured in Keri sector of Rajouri on December 23 while as Indian troops also killed three Pakistani troops and injured another in retaliatory action at Rukh Chakri sector in Rawlakot on December 25.

Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a total of 881 ceasefire violations this year, highest in the past seven years, along the LoC and the International Border, resulting in the death of 34 people.

According to officials, Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir 771 times till December 10, and 110 times along the IB till November-end.

In these incidents of firing from across the border, 30 people — 14 Army personnel, 12 civilians and four BSF personnel — were killed.

The truce between India and Pakistan along the International Border, the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line in Jammu and Kashmir came into force in November 2003.

India shares a 3,323-km-long border with Pakistan of which 221 km of the IB and 740 km of the LoC fall in Jammu and Kashmir.


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