SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) - - The armies of India and Pakistan Saturday again targeted each other's positions for the fifteenth straight day on line-of-control (LoC) in Kashmir, officials said.The armies violated ceasefire violation along Poonch, around 180 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Pakistani troops today again resorted to unprovoked firing on our forward posts in Poonch and Balakot sectors, which was effectively retaliated," said Col. R K Palta, Indian army spokesman. "The firing is still going on."According to Palta two incidents of exchange were reported Saturday.
"The first exchange started at 7:00 a.m. (local time) and continued until 7:40 a.m.," Palta said. "The second exchange took place at 7:10 p.m. and was going on until last reports came in."
There was no loss of life or damage on Indian side because of the firing from Pakistani side, officials said.
Both sides used small arms, automatic weapons, mortars and heavy machine guns to target each others positions.
Both India and Pakistan blame each other of resorting to unprovoked firing that triggers skirmishes resulting in civilian or troop casualties on the either side.
LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.
On Aug. 6, five Indian troopers 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.
Reports say so far three Paksitani troopers including an officer were killed in Indian firing on LoC.
The killings and skirmishes on LoC have come at a time when New Delhi and Islamabad were trying to normalize ties and resume the talks. The confrontation has heightened tension between New Delhi and Islamabad and overshadowed resumption of Indo-Pak 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 however have put a question mark on the 2003 agreement.
In January this year similar skirmishes between the two armies claimed lives of five troopers (two from India and three from Pakistan).