India accuses Pakistan over border firing

Indian soldiers in Srinagar on 6 July 2010 Hundreds of thousands of troops are in Kashmir fighting a two-decade insurgency

India's army has accused Pakistani troops of firing across the Line of Control that divides the disputed region of Kashmir.

India said its troops had retaliated to the "unprovoked" firing in Poonch district. Pakistan has not commented.

India says there have been over 150 ceasefire violations since 2006. The two countries struck a ceasefire in 2003.

Militants have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989.

India's army said the firing took place across the Krishnaghati sector of Poonch district early on Thursday. The Line of Control separates Indian- and Pakistani- administered Kashmir.

"The Pakistani side fired medium and small arms besides rockets and mortars," a spokesman said.

He said the Indian troops retaliated to the firing.

There were no casualties on the Indian side in the firing, the spokesman said.

India has accused Pakistan of "unprovoked firing aimed mostly at facilitating infiltration of militants," a charge Pakistan has denied.

Violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir has reduced markedly since the 2003 ceasefire.

Despite the reduced violence, little political progress has been made on the future of the Kashmir region.

More on This Story

Kashmir Flashpoint

More South Asia stories



  • The OfficeIn pictures

    Fifty landmark shows from 50 years of BBC Two

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

  • Peter MatthiessenPeter and Paddy

    Remembering two of the greatest travel writers

  • Worcestershire flagFlying the flag

    Preserving the identities of England's counties

  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.