Heavy firing took place between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC) on Monday in Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

“At about 3 am today, the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling and firing in the Akhnoor sector,” said Ministry of Defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand.

“Our positions effectively retaliated. The firing exchanges stopped at 6.30 a.m.,” he added.

After heavy firing on the LoC  in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts for the last seven days, no clashes between the two armies were reported on Sunday. With firing resuming on Monday morning, all educational institutions within a 5 km distance from the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri remained closed.

READ | Army chief Bipin Rawat visits forward locations of Jammu

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat visited various Army forward locations of Samba and Ratnuchak in Jammu region on Sunday to review the operational deployment and preparedness. The Army chief was briefed about the situation and preparedness by Lt Gen J S Nain, General Officer Commanding Rising Star Corps.

Gen Rawat also interacted with the troops in the forward locations, and also praised the high state of morale and preparedness of the troops.

He asked the soldiers to be prepared for effectively meeting current emerging security challenges on the Line of Control (LOC) where Pakistan was shelling mortars at civilian areas and Army positions.

Accompanied by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, Army Commander, Northern Command, General Rawat visited the Nagoya based White Knight Corps to review the operational preparedness of the forces in the Corps Zone in view of the current situation along LoC and International Border.