In second ceasefire violation in less than 24 hours, Pakistani troops on Monday resorted to mortar shelling and firing by automatic weapons along the Line of Control (LoC) in Pooch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting the army to retaliate.

“There was unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistan Army in Poonch sector from 0640 hours today, using 82 mm mortars, automatic weapons,” a defence spokesman said.

Indian Army personnel took positions and responded befittingly to the Pakistani firing, the spokesman said, adding that intermittent firing was going on.

There were no casualties on the Indian side, he said. 

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News agency ANI reported that cross-LoC Poonch Rawlakote bus service has been suspended for a week as a precautionary measure in view of fierce exchange of fire and mortar shells between two armies. 

This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in Poonch district since Sunday.

On Sunday, Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and mortar shelling in Krishnagati sector along the LoC in Pooch district.

On March 9, army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was killed when Pakistani soldiers initiated indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along the LoC in Poonch.

Feature image: Representational Image/PTI