Tuesday, 3rd March 2015

Indian, Pakistan troops target each other in Kashmir

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The troops of India and Pakistan violated cease-fire on the Line-of- Control (LoC) in Kashmir and targeted each other's posts for an hour, official sources said Wednesday.

However, no loss of life or damage was reported from either side.

The cease-fire violation was reported in the Balakote sector of frontier Poonch district, around 187 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Pakistan army has again violated cease-fire by resorting to unprovoked firing along the LoC in the Balakote sector in Poonch district," India's official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.

The broadcaster, quoting defense sources, said the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing at around 9:00 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, which lasted for about one hour.

"Indian troops also retaliated effectively with similar caliber weapons," AIR said. "No loss of life or damage to property has been reported."

Both New Delhi and Islamabad accused each other of resorting to unprovoked firing and violating cease-fire.

This month has seen a surge in cease-fire violations on the LoC and international border in Kashmir.

Last month also armies and border guards of the two countries indulged in cease-fire violations, inflicting casualties on both sides, besides damage to civilian areas.

The LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.

The LoC on both sides is guarded by army, while as the international border is guarded by the border security force on Indian side and Pakistan Rangers from the other side.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from Britain, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe cease-fire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the cease-fire remains in effect.

Last year deadly skirmishes took place between Indian and Pakistani troops posted on the 720 km-long LoC and 198 km international border in Kashmir. Both sides suffered troop as well as civilian casualties during the stand-off. SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 20 (Xinhua)



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