Indian, Pakistani armies exchange fire on LoC in Kashmir

February 19, 2011

SRINAGAR (Xinhua) -- Indian and Pakistani troops posted along line-of-control (LoC) dividing Kashmir fired on each others positions, Indian defense officials said Friday.

The ceasefire violation took place Thursday evening along the LoC in Krishna Ghati area of the Poonch sector, around 255 km northwest of Jammu city, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
According to Indian army spokesman, the ceasefire violation took place after Pakistani troopers resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts.
“Pakistani troops from a forward post fired several rockets and resorted to heavy machine gun firing on our posts in the Krishnaghati area. The firing started Thursday evening at 7:30 pm, and continued for several minutes. Our troops also fired in retaliation,” said a senior Indian army official based in Jammu.
However, no loss to life or property has been reported in the firing.
Reports pouring in said Indian Army have registered a strong protest with their Pakistani counterpart over the ceasefire violation.
New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.
Meanwhile, suspected militants hurled two grenades at an Indian army camp and fired on police post Thursday in Sopore town of Baramulla district- 50-Km northwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.