After three-day gap, Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch sector, India retaliates

JKIn another instance of ceasefire violation, Pakistan opened fire on Indian outposts in Balakote and Mendhar sub-sectors in the Poonch district (IE)

After a three-day lull, Pakistani troops on Monday violated the ceasefire twice targeting forward Indian posts with small arms fire in two sub-sectors along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

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The Pakistani soldiers opened unprovoked firing on Indian posts in Balakote sub-sector at around 11 13 AM and in Mendhar at 1 PM, Defence spokesman S N Acharya said.

The Indian troops fired back effectively, he said adding there was no loss of life or damage to property in the two sub-sectors.

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"Violating the ceasefire, Pak troops fired from small arms and automatic weapons on Indian forward posts along the LoC in Mendhar sub-sector," Acharya said.

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"They targeted the Indian posts from 1 PM to 2 PM drawing strong retaliation from our soldiers," he said.

Earlier, Pakistani troops opened small arms firing on four Indian forward posts in Balakote sub-sector at around 11 13 AM.

The two ceasefire violations took place after three days of lull along the LoC.

Guns had fallen silent after Pakistani troops fired on Indian positions in Pallanwala sub-sector in Jammu district on August 29.

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