India, Pak trade fire on LoC, IB

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/19/2019 12:12:09 AM

JAMMU, Nov 18: India and Pakistan on Monday yet again traded heavy fire both on the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) after Pakistan violated ceasefire and targetted forward Indian border posts and the villages in twin border districts of Rajouri-Poonch on LoC and Kathua on IB.
PRO Defence Lt Col Devender Anand, while confirming ceasefire violation by Pakistan, said, “In Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district, at about 4:15 PM, Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars. The Indian army retaliated befittingly.”
Late in the evening, in the neighbouring Poonch district, Pakistan army for second consecutive day initiated firing targeting forward Indian border posts and the villages in Shahpur sector.
PRO Defence said, “This evening at around 08.15 PM, Pak initiated cease fire violation in Shahpur sector of district Poonch. Indian army retaliated befittingly.” The exchange of fire continued till the last reports poured in. However there was no report of loss of life anywhere so far.
On the International Border, Pakistan Rangers targetted Indian villages and Border Out Posts (BOPs) of BSF in Kathua district. The firing which started late last night continued till Monday morning.
Official sources said that the unprovoked firing from Pakistani side started at around 9.30 PM in Pansar, Manyari and Rathua area along the International Border. The BSF retaliated effectively and the firing continued throughout the night. The scared villagers took shelter in the nearby bunkers while many remained confined inside their houses. The shelling created panic in the entire area and people remained confined to their houses and some in bunkers. Walls of some houses of the people developed cracks and some cattle were injured in shelling.
On Sunday evening, Pakistani troops had also targetted villages in Kalal and Jhangar area of Nowshera sector. The shelling lasted for about half an hour. Mortar shelling from Pakistan was reported from the Kerni and Qasba areas of Poonch on Sunday.
Reports suggested ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Kupwara district of Kashmir as well.



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