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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Balakote
JAMMU/MENDHAR, May 17: With no respite in ceasefire violations, Pakistani troops continued to target the forward Posts in border districts of Poonch today.

Reports from Mendhar said that Pakistan forces violated the ceasefire again on Wednesday by firing on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote sector. Pakistani troops of 640 Mujahid Regiment targeted Indian forward Posts Balakote forward, Kanga Nallah, Trikundi and Datote with heavy firing and mortar shelling. The firing and shelling started at 5.15 AM and continued till 6.15 AM with intermittent firing till 9.00 AM.

There were no causalities or injuries and loss of life while the situation was tense in Balakote sector.

“Pakistan army resorted to firing on forward posts along the LoC in Balakote sector from 0050 hours today,” a defence spokesman said.

The Pakistan army initiated indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatic weapons and 82 mm and 120 mm mortars along the LoC in Nowshera sector.

Civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera sector were pounded with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three others. On 13 May, Pakistani troops had pounded civilian areas and forward posts in Nowshera area with mortars, killing two civilians and injuring three.

On 15 May, Pakistan troops resorted to fresh ceasefire violation along the LoC in Nowshera sector since 4 PM till late night. Four villages in Nowshera have come under small arms fire from across the LOC in Nowshera.

According to a home ministry reply to an RTI, Pakistan violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) 449 times in 2016 as compared to 405 violations in 2015. 23 security personnel were killed in the two-year period.

News Updated at : Thursday, May 18, 2017
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