Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Jammu And Kashmir For The Seventh Time This Month

07/09/2015 10:39 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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JAMMU, INDIA - AUGUST 5: Policemen stand outside the bus damaged in the terrorist attack on BSF convoy at Jammu-Srinagar national highway on August 5, 2015 in Udhampur near Jammu, India. A terrorist, identified as Mohammed Naved Yakub, son of Mohammed Yakub from Faisalabad in Pakistan and belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, was nabbed by the Village Defence Committee members after the attack. While his fellow terrorist identified as Noman alias Momin was killed in the gun fight. Two BSF soldiers also lost their life. (Photo by Nitin Kanotra/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Pakistani troops once again resorted to firing on Indian positions in the frontier district of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir late on Sunday, taking the number of such violations in September, to seven.

According to reports, heavy firing was reported from Saujiyan sector in J&K at 6:40 am on Monday morning as well.

"Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violations in forward areas of Poonch's Mandi sector along the Line of Control (LoC) today," Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said. "The area witnessed ceasefire violations by Pakistan army between 0520-0603 hours," he added.

He also said that the forward posts of Pakistan fired towards the Indian side using 82mm Mortars and Rocket-Propelled Grenades (RPG).

"Our side retaliated appropriately but no casualty or damage were reported till reports last came in," Mehta said.

The latest ceasefire violation comes in the backdrop of reports that India and Pakistan would be holding a five-day Director General-level talks between their border guarding forces from September 9. Ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir, including sniper attacks, infiltration, intrusion in Rann of Kutch and smuggling are among the key issues India is expected to raise with Pakistan during the talks.

On September 5, an army jawan was injured as Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district.

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