Pakistani troops targeted forward posts with mortar shells and small arms along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Thursday, officials said. The cross-border firing started around 7 am in Krishnaghati sector of the district and continued for several hours, prompting strong response from the Indian side, a defence official said.
The firing stopped around 5.30 pm, he said. There have been no reports of any injury or casualty on the Indian side.
The leader of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir earlier said that his government will no longer recognise the Line of Control (LoC) and instead rename it as “Ceasefire Line” after India recently revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
“We will bring a resolution in the assembly to declare the Line of Control (LoC) as void and instead proclaim it the Ceasefire Line,” Raja Farooq Haider told a special session of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s (PoK) Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad.
The LoC was brokered to end the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. Haider said that the PoK is a buffer between Pakistan and India. “We are fighting Pakistan’s war,” he said in the presence of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.