In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops targeted six Indian posts with mortar and small arms fire in Poonch and R S Pora sectors along the border but there were no reports of any casualties. The Pakistani troops fired on five Indian posts along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati sub-sector of Poonch from around 2130 hours, drawing retaliation from Indian army personnel, a senior army officer said.
Indian and Pakistani troops traded intermittent gunfire till late into the night at Krishna Ghati, about 280km from Jammu. In R S Pora sector, about 35km from jammu, Pakistani Rangers fired on the Kharkola border outpost at 1930 hrs and again at 2100 hrs, a senior BSF officer said.
No one was injured in the firing which came from across the border close to Ablashah Post of Pakistan on the outpost being guarded by BSF troops of 122 Battalion, he said. "This is a ceasefire violation by Pakistan and protests will be lodged", said the army officer. Thursday's incidents was the sixth ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops in the last two weeks.
This was the second time in ten days that Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions at Krishna Ghati sub sector. Pakistani troops had fired at forward positions along the Line of Control in Krishna Ghati area of Poonch sector on July 5.
On July 9, Pakistani Rangers had violated the ceasefire by resorting to small arms firing along International Border on Khawara Border Out Post in Mawa belt of Samba district. Pakistani troops had last violated the ceasefire on July 7 when they opened fire at the Chak Pagwari BOP in Pargwal in Jammu.
On July 6, Pakistani troops had fired at Pindi, Mala Bela and Chak Phagwari border outpost around 2230 in which a BSF
jawan was killed and a villager injured. Pakistani troops had also fired at the Chak Pagwari BOP on July 5 and killed BSF trooper Sultan Ali. Earlier, Pakistani troops had also violated the ceasefire last month when they fired at a forward outpost along the International Border in Jammu on June 21.