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Pak targets 10 posts along LoC in Poonch, woman injured

Pak targets 10 posts along LoC in Poonch woman injured After a brief lull, Pakistani troops violated ceasefire twice on Monday and resorted to heavy firing and mortar shelling, targeting 10 Indian forward posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district injuring one woman.

“Pakistani troops resorted to heavy weaponry firing and mortar shelling on nearly 10 forward posts along LoC in two sectors of Saujian and Mandi in Poonch district from 1800 hours this evening”, a senior army officer told PTI, adding in all there were two ceasefire violations.

Army troops took positions and retalitated effectively triggered heavy exchanges, which are still going on tonight, he said.

Earlier, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Poonch, Shamsher Hussain said there was cross-border firing in Saujian sector and that one woman identified as Parveen suffered minor injuries in Gigrian village near the LoC.

However, there was no ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the International Border (IB) in Jammu frontier, a BSF spokesman said on Monday night, as an uneasy calm prevailed today along the 192-km long IB.

“There has been no firing from Pakistan overnight till now. The borders are calm”, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Rajesh Kumar told PTI.

There was no firing or mortar shelling since 8am on Sunday along the IB.

The IB witnessed heavy firing by Pakistani troops this month which left eight persons dead and over 90 injured, including 13 securitymen.

Pakistani troops had last resorted to firing along the LoC on Saturday when they targeted forward Indian posts on the Banwat-Shahpur sector of Poonch district from 1300 hours, according to a senior Army officer.

To review the arrangements of border camps, Union Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh visited some camps in R S Pura.

“The morale of the people and troops is very high. They are fully backing action of the Narendra Modi government for giving a befitting reply to Pak”, Singh told reporters here.

The government will “appropriately respond” to ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops as and when the situation demands, he said.

– PTI