Islamabad—Pakistan and Indian border troops exchanged firing across the Line of Control (LoC) early Sunday in the Bhimber sector, said Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
An exchange of fire started at 4:30am lasted till 7am in Bhimber’s Khuiratta area. No loss of life was reported, ISPR said. The ISPR statement said that Indian troops resorted to “unprovoked firing”, adding that Pakistani troops provided a ‘befitting response’. This the latest in a series of ceasefire violations as tensions simmer between Pakistan and India following the Uri attack, an Indian cross-border ‘surgical strike’ – a claim rejected by Pakistan, and Indian allegations that Pakistan is a ‘terrorist state’.
The Foreign Office claims ceasefire violations by Indian troops are indicative of New Delhi’s nervousness following a “diplomatic offensive” spearheaded by Pakistan to expose human rights violations by Indian troops in held Kashmir.
Pakistan maintains India is attempting to divert the world’s attention away from ‘atrocities’ committed by government forces in India-held Kashmir.
Pakistan and India have locked horns over the Kashmir issue since Indian forces stepped up a crackdown against protesters after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by government forces in July. Over 100 people have been killed and hundreds of protesters injured in clashes with Indian security forces.