ISLAMABAD - Despite Pakistan's goodwill gesture of announcing release for Indian prisoners, the neighbouring country again on Sunday indulged in unprovoked firing and shelling at Line of Control posts in Kotli district’s Nakyal sector, violating the 2003 ceasefire agreement.
Three civilians and a soldier were injured, officials said, as India continued heavy shelling between 02:00am and 04:00am using both small and big weapons, and artillery.
The injured soldier was identified as Sajid Shah and the civilians as Idrees, his sister Naseem of Dheri Dabsi village, and an ex-serviceman Mahmood Ahmed of Lanjot village.
Officials said at least three houses were damaged and some livestock head also killed due to firing from Indian side.
Officials said Pakistan army troops responded to the unprovoked Indian shelling. On Friday night, both the sides traded heavy fire for half an hour in Khuiratta sector in Kotli district. However, there was no report of casualties.
Seven civilians were wounded in different border villages of Kotli due to indiscriminate shelling from Indian troops on Thursday. Around 800 mortars and artillery shells were fired by India, according to officials.
Agencies add: Amid heightened tension along the LoC, the Indian Army, desperate to avenge the death of soldiers and indulging in daily violations, said on Sunday it has inputs about Pakistan trying to engineer more Border Action Team (BAT) attacks along the border.
"There are inputs of such (BAT) actions. In this area they have not done anything so far. There are inputs that they are going to try something (engineer BAT attacks on the forward posts along LoC)," Brigade Commander, 120 Infantry Brigade, A Sengupta told reporters in Bhimbher Gali in Poonch in Held Kashmir.
Brig Sengupta was replying to volley of questions about whether there were inputs of more BAT attacks along LoC in Poonch, increase in ceasefire violation and India's response. "But we are ready for that", he said.
He said there have been 70 ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops this year from January 1 to August 5, which is 85 per cent more than the last year during the same corresponding period.
The fierce exchanges in recent weeks have cast a shadow on the prospect of the 2003 Indo-Pak border truce. India and Pakistan entered into the border ceasefire as a confidence building measure during NDA rule and it will complete one decade on November 26, 2013.
Sengupta alleged that the firing from Pakistani side was aimed at helping terrorists infiltrate and demoralise the troops posted along LoC. "But the morale of our troops is very high," he said.