SIALKOT: Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) personnel on Saturday resorted to unprovoked firing and mortar shelling along the Sialkot working boundary’s Charwa sector, sources in the Chenab Rangers said, adding that they retaliated the attack.

Early on Saturday morning, Indian troops targeted the working boundary and began shelling and firing.

However, no casualties or loss of life was reported.

A month and a half ago, 14 civilians were killed and 50 others were injured by the firing of Indian troops across the border. Pakistan retaliated with firing, along with recording strongly worded diplomatic démarches.

In December last year, Pakistan and India had pledged to uphold the 2003 LoC ceasefire accord which had been left in tatters by repeated violations that year. The truce breaches had put the nascent bilateral peace dialogue on hold.

The directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of the two countries had agreed to a number of steps to keep the ceasefire accord intact.

The meeting had taken place on the initiative of the political leadership of the two countries for ending tensions along the LoC.

The Himalayan territory of Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by the UN-monitored de facto border of LoC but is claimed in full by both the countries.

Ceasefire violations along the LoC and working boundary between Pakistan and India continue intermittently, with casualties reported on both sides.

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