India, Pak trade fire in Poonch

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 10/10/2019 4:33:47 AM

Live mortar shells recovered on border, defused

JAMMU, Oct 9: Indian and Pakistan armies on Wednesday yet again traded fire after the latter resorted to unprovoked shelling on forward Indian border posts and villages in Degwar, Balakote and Krishna Ghati sectors on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district.
Defence spokesman said that Pakistani initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars in Degwar sector of Ponch this evening at around 1845 hours. “Indian army effectively retaliated to the firing which stopped at 1915 hours,” he added.
Earlier Pakistan army overnight opened fire and lobbed mortars at Balakote and Krishna Ghati sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, triggering panic among border dwellers.
Army spokesperson, while confirming ceasefire violation by Pakistan in these sectors, said, “Indian army gave a befitting reply thus resulting into exchange of fire.” However there was no loss of report so far on Indian side.
As per official reports, Pakistani army violated ceasefire more than 2,050 times this year in which 21 Indians were killed.
In the meanwhile, two live mortar shells, fired by Pakistani troops on civilian hamlets along the Indo-Pak border during a ceasefire violation, were recovered and defused in Jammu district.
Officials said that the security forces were informed about the presence of the shells, fired by Pakistani troops, by the people of Goolpattan along Indo-Pak border in Kanachak belt. The shells were recovered and defused by the troops safely, thereby averting a tragedy, the officials said. Troops also recovered and defused another mortar shell near Chenab river at Kavada village in Akhnoor sector, they added.



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