SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The armies of India and Pakistan Wednesday again fired at each other with heavy artillery on the line of control (LoC) in Kashmir, officials said.
The ceasefire violations took place along the LoC in Shakma sector of Skardu in frontier Kargil district of Ladakh province, around 225 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian- controlled Kashmir.
An Indian news agency report quoted Indian army officials in New Delhi as saying their troops had only responded to unprovoked firing by Pakistani forces in Marol sector of the ceasefire line.
According to officials in Kargil sector, the firing started Tuesday at 2100 local time and continued until 0400 on Wednesday.
The exchange of fire between two nuclear neighbors thereby has entered the twelfth straight day with both sides using mortars, RPGs and automatic weapons besides heavy machine guns to target each other's posts on LoC.
Pakistan's official broadcaster Radio Pakistan (RP) said a captain was killed and another trooper wounded in the unprovoked shelling by Indian troops in Shakma sector. According to RP, Pakistani troops responded effectively to India's unprovoked firing.
LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.
Both India and Pakistan blame each other of resorting to unprovoked firing that triggers skirmishes resulting in civilian or troop casualties on either side.
Reports said officials in Islamabad summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner hours after the ceasefire violation to register their protest.
Last week, firing was reported along LoC in Kargil and Drass sectors after 14 years since the Kargil war of 1999.
On Aug. 6, five Indian troops were killed and another wounded in a deadly ambush near Sarla in Poonch. India accused Pakistani troops of entering into its territory and carrying out the attack, a charge Pakistan denies.
Following the incident a surge in ceasefire violations on LoC was recorded, after Indian Defense Minister A K Antony told media Indian armed forces have freedom to respond to the developing situation on LoC appropriately.
The killings and skirmishes on LoC came at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad were trying to normalize ties and resume talks. Efforts were also being made for a meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh in New York on sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly during the last week of September.
The confrontation on LoC between two armies, however, has heightened tension between New Delhi and Islamabad and overshadowed the resumption of India-Pakistan dialogue process.
New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the international border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.
The latest incidents of firing have put a question mark on the 2003 agreement.
In January this year, skirmishes between the two armies claimed lives of five troopers, two from India and three from Pakistan.
Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan, is claimed by both in full.
Since their Independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.