Pakistan Army, Rangers fire on Indian posts on LoC, border (Lead)

August 16th, 2012 - 1:28 am ICT by IANS  

Jammu, Aug 15 (IANS) Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire for second day Wednesday by firing at two Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) late evening on India’s Independence Day, army sources said. The fire was returned and the exchange was on till nearly midnight.

The incident occurred a few hours after a Border Security Force (BSF) outpost on the international border was attacked.

The army sources said that Pakistani army opened “unprovoked firing” at Kirpan and Kranti posts on the LoC.

The two posts, about 250 km northwest of Jammu, were fired on “indiscriminately by the Pakistani army”, the sources said, adding there was no report of any casualty or injury to anyone so far.

“The Indian Army returned the fire after sometime to silence Pakistani guns,” they said.

The exchange of fire was going on.

Earlier in the day Pakistani Rangers opened unprovoked fire in Hira Nagar sector of the international border (IB), according to BSF sources.

BSF sources said the Rangers opened fire at Pansera post close to the zero line on the international border, about 65 km south west of Jammu. The firing lasted for over half an hour.

The Indian side did not retaliate, the sources said.

Pakistani Rangers and Army had earlier in the day sent sweets to their Indian counterparts on India’s Independence Day.

Pakistani Rangers have been firing at Indian posts almost regularly for the past one week. This was the seventh such incident in the past week, the sources said.

The firing was also a violation of a ceasefire that the Indian and Pakistani governments had agreed to adhere to in November 2003.

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