India, Pakistan armies exchange fire on LoC in Kashmir

2012-12-09 08:53:09 GMT2012-12-09 16:53:09(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

India and Pakistan armies exchanged fire on line-of-control (LoC) in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Sunday.

The ceasefire violation took place Saturday evening along the LoC in the Krishna Ghati sector around 180 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"Pakistani troops last evening resorted to unprovoked firing on our posts," said S N Acharaya, Indian army spokesman based in Jammu, adding that the Indian army fired in retaliation.

"We also fired in retaliation to silent Pakistani guns," said Acharaya.

No loss of life or damage to property was reported in the exchange that lasted for over four hours.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani controlled parts.

New Delhi and Islamabad in 2003 agreed to observe a ceasefire along the International Border and LoC in Kashmir. Though some violations have been reported on both sides, the ceasefire remains in effect.

Kashmir, the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their independence from British, the two countries have fought three wars, two exclusively over Kashmir.

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