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Hours after flag meet, India, Pakistan trade fire in Akhnoor

Just hours after a flag meeting the armies of India and Pakistan in which they agreed to maintain peace along the border, both exchanged fire in the Akhnoor sector on Tuesday.

Police said around 1 a.m. the Pakistan Rangers fired two to three mortars in the Akhnoor sector of the IB. However the BSF didn’t retaliate.

“Border Security Force (BSF) troopers did not retaliate. No casualty or damage was caused in the Pakistani shelling,” a police officer said.

On Monday, a sector commanders level flag meeting was held in Suchetgarh between the BSF and Pakistan Rangers for two hours. The meeting was held on Pakistan’s request and the two sides agreed to respect the ceasefire agreement in letter and spirit.

Recently, India and Pakistan decided to go back to the 2003 Ceasefire Pact and follow it in letter and spirit. However, since then, a number of times the pact has been violated.

The decision to implement bilateral ceasefire was welcomed by the United States  as well as China. 

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