India suspends bus services to Pakistan after heavy border gunfire in Poonch sector
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Mar-2017

New Delhi, March 14: India suspends cross-border bus service to Pakistan due to heavy mortar shelling and automatic weapon firing by Pakistan in Poonch sector. However, there was no casualty. Monday’s cease-fire breach is the second in the last 20 hours and the third one in four days.

A senior district official said, India has suspended cross-border bus service to Pakistan from Poonch, after the facilitation centre along the LoC was damaged in heavy shelling by Pakistan Army in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Travel on cross-LoC Poonch-Rawlakote bus service was suspended as a precaution after the shelling, which damaged the facilitation centre.

Defence sources said that in yet another incident of ceasefire violation, Pakistani forces started unprovoked firing and shelling, targeting some Indian Positions and civilian areas in Noorkote and Cherikote areas around 7 this morning.

Defence spokesperson told, Pakistani troops resumed heavy mortar shelling and automatic weapon firing early today morning, targeting Indian posts and civilian areas near the Line of Control. The spokesman said, Indian forces have befittingly responded to the shelling.

Pakistani shelling also damaged the two-storey administrative block of Trade Facilitation Centre (TFC) at Chakan-Da-Bagh area along LoC in Poonch, necessitating evacuation of the TFC officials to safety.

This is the first time the cross-LoC bus service has been suspended because of firing, according to Greater Kashmir. The trade centre that was inaugurated 10 years ago as a step towards confidence building measure by India and Pakistan, has business taking place four days a week.

On March 9, Army jawan Deepak Jagannath Ghadge was martyred in an indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by when Pakistani soldiers at about 2 PM on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Poonch sector.