Fifth time in a month Pakistani troops indulged in heavy firing at an Indian post in Pooch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday morning.
Army officials told PTI that Pakistan violated the ceasefire for the fifth time this month, by indulging in heavy weapon firing at an Indian post located in the Kerni area of Poonch, close to the Line of Control (LOC). They said the firing was unprovoked.
"Pakistani troops have targeted Indian posts by firing rocket projectile grenades (RPGs) and heavy machine guns along LoC in Doda Battalion forward area in Poonch district since 0730 hours today," a senior Army officer told the Press Trust of India.
People in the district panicked following five hours of heavy firing. No loss of life or injury has been reported yet.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's chief military spokesman Maj Gen Asim Saleem Bajwa told PTI that one Pakistani soldier died and another injured due to the firing by Indian military at the LOC.
Bajwa also claimed that the firing by Indian soldiers was 'unprovoked' and was targeted at the Pakistan post at Rawlakot area.
Defence analyst Capt. (Retd.) Bharat Verma believes that the ceasefire violations by the Pakistan troops are likely to increase as India will be their new target in the future due to the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan.
"Pakistan wants to infiltrate maximum number of people inside Kashmir. Kashmir has been very stable for last few years but now with unemployment of jihad factory in Afghanistan due to the withdrawal of Western forces their energies will be redirected. This firing is going to increase to unsettle Kashmir and it will be at multiple places to infiltrate people," Verma told ANI.
Four days ago, Pakistan troops had breached the truce and opened light weapon firing at a post in Poonch, leading to heavy exchange of firing between the Indian and Pakistani troops.