Pak rains mortars in Poonch district

Pakistan is paying no heed to the Director General-level agreement between the BSF and its Rangers as its army again pounded posts along the Line of Control in the Balakote and Krishna Ghati (KG) sectors of Poonch district last night and this morning with 82 mm and 120 mm mortars, triggering panic in villages in the forward areas.

“There were unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army along the LoC in Balakote last evening. Pakistan opened heavy machine gun fire on our posts. The Indian troops retaliated appropriately,” said defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta. There were no reports of deaths or injuries on the Indian side.

An Intelligence source said around 7 am today Pakistani troops belonging to the 655 Mujahid Regiment opened heavy fire from Daku, Benazir, Mumtaz and Kaddu posts on the KG sector.

“At 6.20 pm on Tuesday evening, Pakistan targeted Balakote and Balnoi areas using automatic weapons and 82 mm mortars. The firefight continued till midnight. Around 7 am on Wednesday, Pakistan again opened heavy fire using 120 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades on the KG and Poonch sectors,” he said.

This was the third ceasefire violation by Pakistan in 48 hours in the Poonch sector, the officer said.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani media report claimed that a Pakistani civilian was injured in Indian firing in Rawalakot’s Battal sector on Wednesday.

It also claimed that on Tuesday, a Pakistan soldier was killed in a similar incident in the Battal sector.

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