Pakistani troops open fire at posts in Kashmir

December 10, 2012 - 12:00:00 am

Jammu: Pakistani troops opened heavy gun fire at 10 Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir in a bid to push in terrorists into the state, army officials said yesterday.

The Pakistani firing began late  on Saturday in Krishna Ghati sector in the mountainous district of Poonch, about 250 km from here, and lasted till Sunday morning.

“They used small arms, light machineguns and rockets. The firing was heavy up to 11 p.m. Thereafter, it became intermittent and was going on till 7 a.m.,” an official said. Indian troops retaliated “to silence the Pakistani guns”, he said. The exchange of fire has stopped. “Ours was a measured response aimed at preventing infiltration and silence Pakistani firing,” an official said. The army said the motive of the firing was to give cover to a group of around 16 terrorists trying to cross the LoC to get into Jammu and Kashmir. 

Though the army said it was an unsuccessful bid, an officer said they were searching the area to find if any infiltrator sneaked in.

In another incident, a soldier on patrol near the Salotri post in Krishna Ghati sector was injured in a landmine blast Saturday evening. 

The army blamed it on a stray landmine but people in Mendhar town said that these landmines were planted by “Pakistani agents” to inflict casualties on the Indian Army.IANS