Jammu, Oct 11: Pakistan on Saturday once again started firing along the Line of Control, Kerni area in Poonch district, 290 km from Jammu city, drawing retaliation from India, said sources in Indian Army. This was the first instance of firing after Thursday evening.
A senior police officer told a news agency: “The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur Kerni sector of the LoC in Poonch district today (Saturday) afternoon.”
“The Pakistani Army is using automatic weapons to target Indian positions. Firing started at 12.45 pm and is still going on (at 2 pm),” he added.
Indian troops guarding the border, took positions and retaliated resulting in exchanges which were going on when last reports came from the area, another senior Army officer reportedly said, adding there was no loss of life on our side.
It may be noted that eight civilians were killed in mortar shelling by Pakistan on the international border and the LoC in the Jammu region since October 6, while over 60 were injured.
The last ceasefire violation took place on Thursday night when there was brief firing by Pakistan on four border out posts in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Saturday asserted that each ceasefire violation committed by Pakistan would be retaliated in a forceful manner by India, saying Islamabad must understand the fact that the government has changed in New Delhi.
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister of this country, has categorically and emphatically stated that if Pakistan indulges in any kind of misadventurism, then the kind of retaliation that India would lay upon Pakistan would be unaffordable for Pakistan. So, it should be absolutely clear with Pakistan that this is a changed dispensation in the Centre in India today.”
“The political situations in India are different, in no way India would act as a soft state. India would retaliate and has been retaliating in the most forceful manner. If Pakistan extends the hands of friendship, then we will go four steps further to see to it that we become friends,” he added.
(With Agency Inputs)