Ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops at LoC, Kashmir.
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Not long since Defence Minister Arun Jaitley expressed his hope to witness peaceful situation in Kashmir ahead of 13 June ceasefire violation at Line of Control (LoC); Pakistani troops indulged in yet another one on Friday.

Pakistani troops targeted Indian posts with automatic firearm and small weapons along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali-Gambhir forward areas of Poonch District of Jammu & Kashmir at around 12.35 am on Friday, Indian Express cited Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Colobel Maneesh Mehta as saying.

The Indian soldiers at the LoC fired back and the cross firing continued for around an hour lasting till 1.30 am. However, none of the Indian soldiers has been reported injured or killed.

In earlier incidents of ceasefire violations this month, Pakistan attacked LoC thrice. On 18 June, their army resorted to firing, twice in 24 hours, at Indian border outposts in Suchetgarh-Kullian forward area along the international border in Samba district of the state.

The first firing started at 1.30 pm on 17 June and again at 2.15 pm on 18 June, but no one was killed or injured in the same.

On 13 June, before Jaitley's visit to Kashmir, Pakistani Rangers targeted Indian posts in Mendhar-Bhimber Gali-Keri forward areas in Poonch district with heavy firing and mortar shelling. However, it had caused no harm to life of any Indian soldiers.

On the same day (13 June) when Paksitani troops violated ceasefire, Narendra Modi sent a letter to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Through the letter, he had expressed his pleasure about the discussions the two had on his swearing-in ceremony on establishing a peaceful and cordial relations between the two nations.

"I was also encouraged by our discussions on our bilateral relations and the convergence in our views, especially on the fact that a relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities for our youth, secure a more prosperous future for our people and accelerate progress across our region. I look forward therefore to working closely with you and your Government in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in our bilateral relations," he had written to Sharif in his letter.