“There was no casualty reported as last report came in,” a Defence spokesperson said. Pakistan soldiers resorted to mortar shelling and fired through automatic weapons at the forward Indian posts, he said.
“Pakistan troops started unprovoked firing from small arms and automatic weapons and lobbed mortar shells on forward posts along LoC in Balakote sector at 2030 hours tonight,” he said. Indian troops “effectively and appropriately responded to Pakistan firing and shelling”.
Pakistan Rangers had also opened fire on border outposts in Jammu on Thursday night but the Indian forces showed restraint and did not retaliate. Throughout Diwali on Thursday, Pakistan Rangers violated ceasefire several times and resorted to firing on border outposts (BoPs) along the international border (IB) in Samba, Kathua and Jammu districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan Rangers resorted to small-arms firing on BoPs along IB in Jammu frontier till 2010 hours yesterday,” BSF spokesman said on Friday.