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Updated: March 2, 2010 18:52 IST

India protests Pak ceasefire violation

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This file picture shows a barbed-wire fence along the Line of Control near Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hindu This file picture shows a barbed-wire fence along the Line of Control near Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir.

In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops fired rockets and used heavy machine guns on Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan on Tuesday over the violation.

Pakistan troops fired several rockets followed by firing by heavy machine guns on five Indian forward posts of Kranti, Kranti 1, Kirpan, Ghora and Deep along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district on Monday night, Brigadier General Staff (BGS) Gurdeep Singh said on Tuesday.

The indiscriminate firing and rocket attacks came from Pakistan posts of Battal and Daku across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

The firing began from 8.55 pm on Monday night and ended at 12.15 am. “It is clear ceasefire violation by the Pakistan troops,” the BGS said, adding that Indian troops have lodged a strong protest with their Pakistan counterparts on Tuesday.

Indian soldiers retaliated with small arms, he said, adding that there was no causality in the exchange of fire.

Pakistan has violated the 2003 ceasefire along the border for the 11th time this year. The last ceasefire violation took place on February 24 when Pakistani troops fired rockets and opened indiscriminate firing on Indian posts along International Border (IB) in Samba district and injured a BSF jawan.

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