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Pakistan violates ceasefire, India retaliates

Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated ceasefire after over a month-long lull, and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in three sub-sectors along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian forces.

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in three forward areas along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir today,” a senior Army officer told PTI.

“While Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and shelling of 81 mm mortar bombs in two forward sub-sector of Sabzian and Mandi in Poonch district since 1840 hours, they also resorted to firing in a forward belt in the Kashmir Valley. It was unprovoked firing and ceasefire violation by Pakistan,” he added.

There was reported firing from small arms and automatic weapons, besides mortar shelling.

“Due to the provocation, Indian troops responded appropriately,” a Defence spokesman said, adding that firing exchanges have been going on intermittently since.

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