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Monday, August 15, 2011

Indian, Pak troops exchange sweets, gunfire along border!


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Press Trust Of India / ibnlive.in.com / Posted on Aug 15, 2011 at 04:26pm IST.


Jammu: As Indian and Pakistan troops exchanged sweets on Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Independence Day, the celebrations were marred by violation of ceasefire from across the border in Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Led by Mujahid Regiment Commandant Colonel Umar Gul, Pakistan army officers met Indian counterparts led by Colonel Cristopher at Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point in Poonch district and greeted them on India's 65th Independence Day, army officials said.

The Pakistani contingent gifted sweets and fruits to the Indian officials who offered them tea and sweets during the flag meeting that lasted an hour.

However, the bonhomie along the LoC was marred by ceasefire violation by Pakistani rangers who indulged in unprovoked firing on Indian post along International Border (IB) in Ramgarh belt of Samba sector early on Monday.

Pakistani troops from Imran post resorted to small arms firing on Ballard forward Border out Post along the International Border in Ramgarh sub-sector of the district around 3:45 am this morning, BSF DIG (G Branch), S Oberoi said.

"The unprovoked firing continued for 25 minutes. BSF troops effectively retaliated back," the DIG said, adding that there was no casualty or injury to any one in the firing on this side.

"It was a clear case of ceasefire violation," he said, adding a protest would be lodged with the Pakistan authorities.


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