"Pakistan troops used small arms and automatics to target our positions in Mendhar sector of the LOC on Tuesday. Pakistan firing started at 2.30 pm," Captain SN Acharya, defence spokesman, said in Jammu on Wednesday.

"Our troops retaliated with same calibre weapons and the exchange of firing continued up to 3.30 pm. No damage was caused to our troops in this firing exchange," the spokesman added. The unprovoked firing by Pakistan troops in yet another violation of the bilateral ceasefire agreement signed by India and Pakistan in November 2003 has coincided with the return of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the US where he met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The two Prime Ministers had agreed to work out a more effective mechanism to stop ceasefire violations on the borders between the two countries in divided Kashmir.

(Agencies)

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