Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC as India celebrates Republic Day

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire along Line of Control; resort to unprovoked firing for three hours as India celebrates 65th Republic Day

Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC as India celebrates Republic Day (© Reuters)

Srinagar: As India celebrated its 65th Republic Day on Sunday, Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. The Army said that Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing for three hours.

"Today morning at 6:15 am, when it was dark, there was unprovoked firing from Pakistani side. They fired about three RPG rounds and small arms on to the Kaman post (in Uri sector) on the Indian side," General Officer Commanding of 19 Infantry Division Major General Anil Chauhan told reporters.

He said the aim of the firing was apparently to disrupt the peace and tranquility along the LoC.

"Actually, it (the scene of firing) is adjacent to where the Pakistani posts are. So, it could be speculated that elements inimical to the interests of welfare of people, rather I would say cross-LoC trade or for maintenance of peace and tranquility along LoC (opened the firing)," he said.

The Army officer said the Indian troops did not retaliate to the firing from the Pakistani side.

"In spite of continuous firing at the LoC for three hours, we have shown great restraint and did not retaliate at all. The idea basically is to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC," he said.

This is the first ceasefire violation in Kashmir since the DGMO level talks between India and Pakistan last month.

There were no casualties reported in the firing incident.

An Army spokesman said the issue of the ceasefire violation has been raised with Pakistani counterparts through hotline in the backdrop of recent meeting between the DGMOs of the two countries.

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