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India, Pakistan troops exchange fire on Kashmir LoC

English.news.cn   2014-05-04 13:13:09

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The troops of India and Pakistan posted on line-of-control (LoC) in Kashmir resorted to firing on each other's positions, officials said Sunday.

The ceasefire violation took place Saturday night in Mendhar sector of frontier Poonch district, about 185 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Pakistani army last night at 11:30 (local time) violated cease- fire and targeted our positions in Mendhar sector using small arms and automatics," Lt Col Manish Mehta, Indian army spokesman in Jammu said. "Our men posted there also fired in retaliation using similar caliber weapons."

"We have not suffered any damage due to Pakistani firing," Mehta said.

Last month, also two cease-fire violations were reported on LoC in Poonch. The fresh violations on LoC has come after a lull of more than two months.

In December last year, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) of two countries met for talks held at Wagah-Attari border and pledged to uphold 2003 cease-fire agreement on the LoC, besides agreeing to work out a mechanism to ensure peace and ease tensions.

On Wednesday, Pakistan army chief Gen Raheel Sharif described Kashmir as the "jugular vein" of Pakistan and said the issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris as per United Nations resolutions. The statement evoked sharp criticism from India.

Last year, deadly skirmishes took place between Indian and Pakistani troops posted on the 720-km-long LoC and 198-km International Border (IB) in Kashmir. Both sides have suffered troop as well as civilian casualties during the stand-off.

Indian army said around 200 cease-fire violations were recorded on LoC and IB in Kashmir last year.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad blamed each other for violating cease-fire.

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

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.

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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