Pakistan troops fired from small and automatic weapons on Indian forward posts along LoC in Mendhar-Balakote sub-sector of Poonch district at 3:00 pm, Defence Spokesman SN Acharya said.
    
Army troops guarding the forward belt retaliated resulting in exchange of fire, which was going on when reports last came in from the area, the spokesman said. There were no reports of loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing exchange, Acharya said.
    
Earlier, Pakistan troops opened firing from small and automatic weapons on Indian forward posts along LoC in Hamirpur-Bhimbhergali sub-sector of Rajouri district at 11:55 late on Saturday night
    
Indian troops responded with matching calibre weapons, resulting in exchanges, which ended around 2:00 am hours Sunday morning, the spokesman said, adding there were no casualties. There have been at least 97 such incidents of ceasefire violations this year, the highest in the past five year.
    
On September 17, two persons including a BSF jawan were injured when Pakistani army violated ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing and rocket attacks on seven Indian forward posts along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
    
A civilian was injured in Pak firing in Dera Basi in Mendhar in Poonch sub-sector while a BSF jawan was injured at a forward post in Mendhar. On September 16, Pakistan troops violated ceasefire twice in Mandi and Garhi sector of Poonch.
    
Six jawans were killed and 14 persons injured in ceasefire violations and firing by Pakistani troops on forwardposts, civilian areas and patrol parties along the border in
August.
    
There were 93 violations of the 2003 ceasefire by Pakistan along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in 2012, 51 in 2011 and on 44 occasions in 2010, according to the Defence Ministry.

(Agencies)

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