India, Pakistan armies exchange fire on line of control in Kashmir

19:35, January 13, 2011      

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An Indian army trooper was wounded in an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistan armies on Line-of-Control (LoC) dividing Kashmir, Indian defense officials said Thursday.

The ceasefire violation took place Wednesday night along the LoC in Krishna Ghati area of the Poonch sector, around 255 km northwest of Jammu city, the winter capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

According to Indian army spokesman the ceasefire violation took place after Pakistani troopers resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian posts.

"Pakistani troops from a forward post fired several rockets and resorted to heavy machine gun firing on our posts in the Krishnaghati area. The firing first started Wednesday night at 10: 00 p.m., and continued for some time. Our troops also fired in retaliation and in the exchange. In the standoff one of our soldiers was wounded," said a senior Indian army official based in Jammu.

The wounded trooper was hospitalized and is undergoing medical treatment.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.

A guerrilla war is also going on between militants and the Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the past two decades.

Source: Xinhua

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