Jammu, Jan 4 (PTI) In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistan army troops resorted to mortar shelling on forward posts and civilian areas along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said Friday. Also Read - 'New Map an Exercise of Political Absurdity': India Blasts at Pakistan PM Over Provocative Move
Indian troops fired in retaliation, they said, adding that no casualty or damage was incurred. Also Read - Pakistan’s Dawn News Channel Hacked; Indian Tricolour, Independence Day Messages Surface on Screen
There were nearly 1,600 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan in 2018 till October-end, the highest recorded in a year so far, they added. Also Read - China Proposes 4-Point Action Plan to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal; Defends WHO Over COVID-19 Crisis
The areas hit twice in intermittent shelling and firing on Thursday were Gulpur and Khari Karmara in Pooch district, where some shells hit a shop, a house and a cowshed.
Pakistani troops had violated ceasefire on Wednesday and Tuesday also by resorting to firing on forward areas along the LoC in Poonch.
Despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquility, Pakistan forces have carried out 1,591 incidents of unprovoked ceasefire violations along the LoC and International Border (IB) in J&K till lOctober end last year, they said.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.