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Indian and Pakistani troops trade fire along border twice within 24 hours

Published: February 9, 2018

STORY: Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire for the second time in less than 24 hours along Krishna Ghati (KG) sector in Poonch district of Indian Kashmir on Friday (February 09).

A 45-year-old woman living in a border village was killed in the shelling on Thursday (February 08) when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing in KG sector from small arms, automatics, and mortars, according to media reports.

Locals complained of frequent firing at any hour of the day which has affected education, occupation, and conduct of any regular outdoor task without fearing for their safety.

The troops of arch rivals India and Pakistan intermittently exchange fire on Line of Control (LoC), a de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two neighbours, despite an agreement in 2003 that a ceasefire should be observed along the working boundary.

Both New Delhi and Islamabad blame each other for resorting to unprovoked firings.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a bone of contention between the nuclear-armed India and Pakistan since both gained independence in 1947.

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