Pakistan Opens Heavy Fire On Forward Posts In Poonch, Rajouri Sectors

12 September 2015
The Tribune (Chandigarh)


Jammu: Even as India and Pakistan agreed to jointly resolve issues like ceasefire violations and cross-border infiltration via timely exchange of information, including email and over the telephone, Pakistani troops pounded Indian forward positions along the LoC in the Poonch and Rajouri sectors through Friday night. Around 6 pm last evening Pakistani troops belonging to 649 Mujahid Regiment opened heavy fire, including mortars, from their Kopra main post on a forward post in the Sabzian sector of Mandi,' said an Intelligence source. He informed that the Army also retaliated with same caliber weapons from the forward post and a mortar point near a nullah in the Gagrian area. 'Intense shelling from post to post lasted till 8.30 pm and then intermittent firing lasted till 2 am before the guns on both the sides fell silent,' he added. Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Mehta said Pakistan resorted to unprovoked small arm and machine gun firing on Indian forward posts of the Poonch and Balakote sectors last evening. Indian troops retaliated appropriately, he added. There were no reports of deaths or injuries to the Indian troops in the fresh skirmish, he said. Despite talks there has been no let up in ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army. Yesterday, Pakistani delegation, led by Rangers' DG Umar Farooq Burki, had called on Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who said India would not fire the first bullet.