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Pakistan violates ceasefire violation in Poonch

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JAMMU: Heavy shelling and firing has been reported at four spots on the Line of Control in Jammu’s Poonch sector.

Reports of the ceasefire violation started coming in early Monday morning, with even sounds of Pakistan’s shelling being heard in the town of Poonch.

Police officials said the heaviest shelling was noticed in Digwar, Malti and Gulpur of Poonch. Indian jawans are responding to the ceasefire violation and until now, no loss of life has been reported among Indian troops.

The Pakistan Army again resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing on Monday at Indian positions on the Line of Control in Poonch district.

Army spokesperson Lt. Col Manish Mehta told IANS that the Pakistan Army used 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons to violate the ceasefire.

The Pakistan shelling and firing started at 6.40 a.m. and the Indian troops were “effectively responding”, Mehta said, adding that intermittent firing exchanges were still on. No casualty or damage has so far been reported from the Indian side.

Pakistan Army had violated the ceasefire on Sunday too in the Krishna Ghati and Chakan Da Bagh sectors.

A mortar fired by the Pakistan Army landed and exploded inside the trade facilitation centre in Chakan Da Bagh on Sunday resulting in minor damage to one of the buildings there.

The trade facilitation centre at Chakan Da Bagh is the nerve centre of the cross LoC trade between India and Pakistan.

Cross-LoC bus suspended, schools closed as shelling continues in Poonch
CROSS BORDER BUS SERVICe SUSPENDED; SCHOOLS CLOSED
POONCH :  As a precautionary measure, authorities have closed educational institutions in several villages, including Ajote.
Authorities on Monday suspended the cross-LoC bus and closed all schools near the Line of Control (LoC) as a precautionary measure in view of fierce exchange of fire and mortar shells between the armies of India and Pakistan.
The exchange of fire and shelling between the two armies started at 6:30 am today, officials said.
As a precautionary measure, authorities have closed educational institutions in several villages, including Ajote.
The examination of class 6th & 7th scheduled to be held at centres HS Degwar M , HS Degwar T, HS Karmara today on 13-03-2017 stands postponed due to heavy shelling in these areas.
Moreover the students residing in the shelling hit areas and studying in any other schools need not to endanger/ take the risk and they shall be given another chance to appear in the said examination.
The weekly Raah-e-Milan bus service between Poonch and Rawlakote has been delayed until 2 PM and further decision will be taken in a meeting later on, said an official.
He said that several mortar shells hit the Trade Felicitation Centre Chakan da Bagh Poonch.
“As a precautionary measure, officials on duty inside TFC Chakan da Bagh have been shifted to a nearby safer location,” he said.
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