Source: News Bharati English10 May 2016 19:29:50

Jammu, May 10: After a stillness of nearly seven months, the ceasefire on the Line of Control was violated again with Pakistan army resorting to mortar shelling and firing in Poonch sector, a development that comes amid a fresh chill in relations between the two countries.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Rajya Sabha said, “Appropriate retaliation to the ceasefire violations as required, has been carried out by Indian Army and BSF.  Diplomatically, India has repeatedly emphasised, including at the highest level, the need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of the Line of Control (LC) and the International Border in Jammu & Kashmir as its obligations emanating from the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration”. 
"The Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch sector of J and K," Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said here. He said the Pakistan army resorted to heavy mortar and automatic weapon fire in the Shahpur area of Poonch sector at 0430 hours.

"Our troops responded appropriately and no casualties or damage to our troops was reported," the spokesman added. The ceasefire violation comes after nearly seven months as last such incident took place on 18 September 2015 in the Balakote sector of Poonch district. "Today's ceasefire violation is the first major such incident of 2016," a senior army officer said.

In addition, all violations of ceasefire are taken up with Pakistan authorities at the appropriate level through the established mechanism of hotlines, flag meetings as well as weekly talks between the Directorate Generals of Military Operations of the two countries.