Jammu : Pakistani troops on Wednesday violated ceasefire after over a month-long lull and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling in three sub-sectors along Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian forces, reports PTI.

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling in three forward areas along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir,” a senior Army officer said.

While Pakistani troops resorted to heavy firing and shelling of 81 mm mortar bombs in two forward sub-sector of Sabjian and Mandi along LoC in Poonch district since 6.40 pm, it also resorted to firing in a forward belt in Kashmir valley, he said.

“It was unprovoked firing and ceasefire violation by Pakistan,” he said. There was reported firing from small arms, automatic weapons besides mortar shelling. According to a defence spokesman, Pakistani troops resorted to firing on foward areas along Sabjian belt of Poonch district around 1840 hours.

“Due to the provocation the Indian troops appropriately responded,” the spokesman said, adding that firing exchanges were going on intermittently since then. These fresh violations came after a gap of one month and four days along Indo-Pak border in J&K.

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