New Delhi : Old habits die hard. Just after exchanging sweets with Indian soldiers at the Wagah border, the Pakistan army again violated the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday evening.

Pakistan fired at Indian positions in Poonch district, defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said.

“Pakistani troops again resorted to unprovoked firing at our positions on the LoC in Hamirpur sector today evening (Thursday),” he said.

“The Pakistani firing started at 6.30 p.m. They used small arms and automatic weapons. Our troops retaliated effectively using same calibre weapons. Firing exchanges continued in the area up to 7.10 p.m.,” he said.

Pakistan had Wednesday night also fired without any provocation at Indian positions in Hamirpur, the spokesman said.

An Indian soldier was injured Wednesday when the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire on the LoC in Mendhar area of Poonch district.

Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers had also fired at three posts of the Border Security Force (BSF) on the international border in R.S. Pura area of Jammu district Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the two armies exchanged greetings and sweets on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day.

A defence statement in Jammu said: “Sweets were exchanged at the Chakan-da-Bagh and Hot-spring Mendhar crossing points by the troops of both sides on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day.

“The exchange of sweets is an appreciated gesture from both the countries and is expected to go a long way in promoting harmony and bonhomie along the LoC.”

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