Troops exchange fire over Kashmir border


Around 90 minutes of "small and heavy" weapons fire was reported near Forward Kahuta sector in southern Bagh district in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir this morning.

"They (Indian troops) started shelling without any provocation and continued for one and half hours, targeting Hillan, Kehlar and other adjoining villages in Forward Kahuta sector," a Pakistani police official said.

"Fortunately, the shelling did not cause any casualties," the policeman said.

The exchange of fire broke a five-day lull along the heavily militarized Line of Control, the de-factoborder dividing the Himalayan region between the nuclear-armed rivals.

Two boys were injured on June 22nd when Indian troops shelled Neelum valley northeast of Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir.

The last fatality on the Pakistani side was reported on June 15th.

Around 100 people have died in cross-border shelling on the Pakistani side since mid-May when tensions with India flared after the massacre by suspected Islamic militants of 32 civilians at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir.