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Pak army targets 5 Indian posts along LoC, violates ceasefire

In a fresh ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops on Wednesday opened unprovoked firing on five Indian forward posts along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting retaliation from Indian forces.

Pakistan army troops opened small and medium weaponry firing and lobbed rocket-propelled grenades in Mendhar sub-sector of Poonch district at around 1230 hours, defence spokesman S N Acharya said.

Indian troops gave an equal calibre retaliation, resulting in exchanges that stopped around 1340 hours, he said, adding there was no report of loss of life or injury.

The Indian posts which came under attack are Palli, 485, 485A, Puna and Noyal.

There have been over 90 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops so far this year. Six jawans were killed and 13 people injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops in forward posts and civilian areas and on patrol parties along the border in over a month.

On 9 September, Pakistani troops had fired with small arms at Gamdhir and Mendhar sub-sectors along the LoC. Pakistani troops, which violated ceasefire along the LoC in two forward areas of Gigrial and Laukikan in Jammu district, targeted Indian posts with small arms and medium machine guns on Monday, Acharya said, adding the firing continued till midnight without any causality or injury.

There was sniper firing from across the border on a BSF observation post along International Border in Maljodha BOP area of Jammu on Sunday in which a jawan narrowly escaped.

Meanwhile, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid will meet his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz on Friday in Kyrgyzstan, during which they will try to schedule a meeting between their Prime Ministers in New York later this month.

While a request for a meeting between Khurshid and Pakistan Prime Minister’s national security and foreign policy adviser Aziz was sought by the Pakistani side through their High Commission here, the Indian side has also given the consent for the meeting, official sources said here on Wednesday.

They said the meeting between Khurshid and Aziz on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meet in Bishkek was also aimed at reducing the tension between the two countries in the backdrop of a series of ceasefire violations.

Both India and Pakistan have blamed each other for the violations and summoned the envoys.
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