ISLAMABAD: Pakistan army said todaythat the Indian troops have fired shells into its side of the Line of Control that separate the two countries in the disputed Kashmir region. No one was hurt in the shelling that occurred after a lull of weeks on the LoC. “Indian troops on the line of Control resorted to heavy unprovoked firing and shelling in Neza Pir sector last night,” an army statement said. “Unprovoked firing which started at 2340 hrs last night lasted till 0445 hrs early morning,” a statement from the inter-Services Public Relations said.
“Pakistan Army troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing and shelling. No loss reported so far,” the army said. Pakistan and India had declared ceasefire in 2003 and the guns had relatively been silent since then. However, both sides occasionally exchange fire. The latest incident comes at a time when relations are tense since a group of gunmen attacked an Indian airbase in January. India had blamed “Jaish-e-Muhammad” group for the attack and has demanded action against the group.
On its part Pakistan has detained the group’s chief, Maulana Masood Azhar, and also sealed some of his religious school. Pakistani authorities have registered a case against unknown people about the attack and sent a team to India as part of its own investigations into the attack. Last month Pakistan said its security officials have arrested an Indian agent in Balochistan province who the gov’t says was involved.