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Pakistan violates bilateral ceasefire

Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, violating the bilateral ceasefire twice since Sunday, an army spokesman said on Monday.

‘Pakistani troops fired at our positions in Mandi and Garhi areas of the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district late yesterday (Sunday), army spokesman Col RK Kalia said.

The exchange of fire continued till early Monday, he said.

‘Pakistan used small arms, automatics and mortars, firing at our positions at 11.30pm on Sunday. Our troops retaliated with equal calibre weapons. Exchange of fire ended at 3.45am today (Monday),’ he said.

This was the second violation of the bilateral ceasefire by Pakistan since Sunday in Poonch district.

The ceasefire agreement was signed by the two neighbours in November 2003. It had brought normalcy in the lives of thousands of people living close to the border.

India has been accusing Pakistan of unprovoked violation of the ceasefire agreement since the beginning of the year.
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