In the seventh ceasefire violation in less than a week, Pakistani troops on Tuesday opened fire on forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district, prompting Indian troops to retaliate.

Pakistani Army resorted to shelling of mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Hamirpur and Bhimbher Gali (BG) sub-sectors of Poonch district from 0630 hours on Tuesday, a Defence spokesman said.

Indian troops guarding the borderline took positions and gave strong retaliation with equal calibre weapons, triggering exchanges which are still going on intermittently, the spokesman said.

“There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing and shelling by Pakistan along LoC on this side,” the spokesman said.

Pakistani troops resorted to firing from 2225 hours late last night, spokesman said, adding, Indian troops gave an equal calibrated retaliation triggering exchanges till 2335 hours.

“There was no loss of life or injury to anyone in Pak firing on this side”, the spokesman said, adding this is the 7th ceasefire violation along LoC in past five days.

Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, Constable M. Basu was injured when Pakistani troops resorted firing on Katav Border Out Post (BoP) along the International Border (IB) in Samba district on Monday.

On October 12, Pakistani Army troops resorted to firing of mortar shells, automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Bharasingha and Mendhar battalion forward areas in Krishna Gati and Bhimber Gali sub-sector of Poonch.

One 11 October, Pakistani Army troops resorted to shelling of 82 mm mortars besides automatic and small arms firing in forward areas along LoC in Barasingha, Mendhar and Hamirpur sub-sectors of Poonch district forcing Indian troops to retaliate.

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