J&K:Ceasefire violation, heavy firing in Poonch after Pakistan suspends talks

The Pakistan Army on Sunday violated the ceasefire by opening fire in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, drawing retaliation from Indian troops.

“The Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Poonch sector,” Defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta said.

He said the Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire in Shahpur area of Poonch sector by firing with automatic weapons at 0430 hours.

“Our troops have responded appropriately, no casualty or damage to our troops was reported”, he said.

Few days ago, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, had said the peace process between Islamabad and New Delhi is temporarily suspended.

Basit had on Thursday also gone into denial mode on the reciprocal visit by National Investigation Agency to Pakistan for the Pathankot attack probe.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had rebuffed Basit’s remark that the peace process between both the countries has been ‘suspended’ and there are no talks scheduled between the two countries.

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup issued a statement which said that both Pakistan had agreed to reciprocate after India allowed JIT to enter. He also said that on Thursday evening Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that talks will go on.

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