India, Pak trade fire on LoC in Poonch

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A 1.41-minute-long video showing Indian soldiers bombarding Pakistani bunkers with anti-tank rockets and heavy ammunition that has gone viral predates the May 1 incident where two Indian soldiers were beheaded by a Border Action Team (BAT) of the Pakistani Army, official sources told this newspaper.

Pakistani Army yet again violated the truce agreement by firing heavily at Indian posts on the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Though the video did detail action against Pakistani posts, it was shot much before the beheadings.

Ceasefire violations have been a regular feature of India-Pakistan ties.

Pakistan on Sunday claimed that its four civilians were injured in cross-LoC firing by Indian forces.


Relations between India and Pakistan have plummeted since a deadly attack on an Indian army base in the disputed region of Kashmir in September, 2016, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had also said that an attack will be conducted at a time of "our choice and preference".

The video could have been shot just a few days ahead of the beheading of two Indian jawans by Pakitani security forces.

Defence sources said Pakistan Army started firing at the Indian positions in Manjkot area of Mendhar sector at 8.40 a.m, the report said. The Indian army issued a statement saying that the bodies of an army soldier and a BSF head constable were mutilated.

As many as 1,142 terror incidents were reported in the state between 2012 and 2016 in which 236 security personnel and 90 civilians were killed, it said in reply to an RTI query filed by a PTI Bhasha correspondent.

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