Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC

Indian, Pakistani troops clash on LoC

"Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars from 7:45 AM in Poonch sector along the Line of Control (LoC)", a senior Army officer said.

Schools were closed down by authorities along a section of the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district due to firing and shelling by Pakistani troops, a district official said.

Reports said that Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling, targeting Indian forward posts and border hamlets along the LoC in Poonch sector for the third consecutive day, Friday, leaving an army personnel injured. The firing is still on, he said.

Foreign Office urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

An Army jawan sustained minor injuries in the exchange of fire, he said.

Before that, Union home minister Rajnath Singh asked the Border Security Force (BSF) and army to avoid opening first fire but respond well if Pakistan fired even a single bullet at India during his visit to the area in September.

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