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Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistani troops shelled forward areas along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Sunday, officials said, as reported by PTI.

This is the sixth day in a row that Pakistan has violated ceasefire, they said

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“At about 1515 hours today, Pakistan army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in the Balakote sector of Poonch district,” a defence spokesman said.

The Indian Army retaliated befittingly, he said.

Pakistan had shelled areas in Rajouri and Poonch districts on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Also read: India, China agree for early disengagement of troops from eastern Ladakh

Earlier, India said it has strongly protested with Pakistan against the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and condemned Islamabad’s continuous attempts to bring about material changes in Indian territories under its illegal occupation. India’s strong protest came after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan kicked off construction work at the Diamer-Bhasha dam in Chilas in Gilgit-Baltistan, notwithstanding New Delhi’s objection to the China-backed mega project.

Asked about the development at the weekly briefing, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India had made its position on it clear earlier and it remains unchanged. “The entire Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union territory of Ladakh, have been, are, and will be an integral and inalienable part of India. We have strongly protested against the construction of this dam to the government of Pakistan,” Srivastava said. “This dam will lead to submergence of a large part of the land of the Indian union territories of J&K and Ladakh and we condemn the continuous attempts by Pakistan to bring about material changes in Indian territories under its illegal occupation,” he said.

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