In the midst of the ongoing talks between border guards, Pakistan on Friday resorted to unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.
“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in Hamirpur sector of Rajouri district in wee hours today,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Manish Mehta said, adding that “no casualty or damage was reported”.
“The area witnessed ceasefire violations by Pakistan army between 0400 hours and 0500 hours today,” he said.
Forward posts maintained by Pakistan fired towards the Indian side using automatic weapons and small arms, he said.
“Our side retaliated appropriately but no casualty or damage was reported,” Lt. Col. Mehta said.
The firing by Pakistan comes in the midst talks between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers in Delhi during which it was decided on Thursday to end ceasefire violations by devising new strategies like joint patrolling in some areas along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir as chiefs of the border guards of the two countries against the backdrop of escalation in tension.
Pakistani troops have already violated the ceasefire 11 times in September 2015.