India, Pakistan border tension heats up after fresh firing

India on Tuesday alleged that Pakistan troops resorted to unprovoked heavy firing in at least three places on the de facto border in Jammu and Kashmir, stepping up the tension between the tense neighbours.

No injuries were reported from the Pakistan mortar shelling at Indian border posts in Jhangar, Kalsian and Makri areas of the Nowshera sector of Rajouri district along the Line of Control (LoC), a ceasefire line that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Many shells landed near civilian areas in Nowshera, a police officer said.

The officer said the Indian Army retaliated and fired at Pakistani posts. Any possible damage on the other side of the ceasefire line was not known immediately.

The Pakistan Army made similar allegations, saying Indian troops “resorted to unprovoked firing” at 4 a.m.

“Pakistani troops befittingly responded to the unprovoked Indian firing… in Bhimber sector,” an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement said.

The heavy exchange of fire, which continued for several hours, was the latest in a series of violations of border truce signed in 2003.

Border tension between the two countries flared after 19 Indian soldiers were killed in the September 18 terror attack at an Indian military base in Uri town in Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

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