India, Pak Trade Fire Across LoC2 March 2010
Srinagar: Barely a week after top diplomats of the two neighbours met for the first time in a year to break the diplomatic deadlock, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy fire across the LoC in Poonch, injuring two children on the other side of the dividing line and damaging an army picket on this side. The Indian army said that Pakistani troops had targeted one of its pickets with firing and shelling in the Poonch sector. It said that the Pakistani troops had resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling in Kranti, Karpan and Gora Post areas on Monday night, and several shells had landed on a picket, inflicting damage. There, however, was no loss of life. A brigadier general of the BSF accused the Pakistani side of having violated the ceasefire on the LoC, and said that the action had been retaliated to, leading to a several-minutes-long exchange of fire. Pakistan too has accused Indian troops of having opened heavy fire in the Mendhar sector, saying that two mortar shells had landed in civilian areas, injuring two children, who had to be hospitalized. An Indian army officer, however, said that the Pksitani troops had fired first, and the Indian side had retaliated after exercising restraint for 30 minutes. India had lodged a strong protest with Pakistan, and commanders from both sides had talked to each other over the hot line, he said.