Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s Poonch, Rajouri

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Jammu (NVI): In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops tonight resorted to firing with small arms and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch and Rajouri districts, defence officials said.

Pakistan initiated an unprovoked ceasefire violation in Balakote sector in Poonch at around 9 pm, they said.

“At about 2100 hours Pak initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms & shelling with Mortars along LoC in Balakote Sector, District Poonch(J&K),” they said.

Later, Pakistan also targeted Manjakote sector in Rajouri district, they said, adding that the Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.

The latest ceasefire violation by Pakistan comes close on the heels of fierce Handwara encounter in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, in which four Army personnel including two officers lost their lives. A J&K policeman, who was part of SOG (Special Operations Group) also lost his life in the overnight gunbattle. Two militants were eliminated in the gunfight that ended this morning.