Amid heightened tension on the border over the killing of five Indian soldiers, Pakistani troops on Saturday violated the ceasefire yet again by firing 7,000 rounds of heavy ammunition and mortar shells for seven hours at Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The “biggest ceasefire violation” in recent times, as the Indian Army officials put it, took place in the early hours of Saturday. There was no loss of life in the firing from across the border which was countered by the Indian Army effectively.

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on several Indian forward posts along LoC in Durga Battalion area in Poonch district around 2220 hours last [Friday] night,” Defence Spokesman S.N. Acharya said.

“They [the Pakistani troops] fired 7,000 rounds of heavy weaponry Pika ammunition and medium mortars targeting several Indian posts in order to cause heavy causalities till 0430 hours, the spokesman said. Army troops guarding the border fired back, said the spokesman, adding that troops also fired 4,595 rounds. — PTI

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