JAMMU: The guns fell silent today in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district after eight days of shelling and firing by Pakistani troops along the LoC from where 2,200 people had to be evacuated.
Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing and shelling for eight consecutive days from May 10 till yesterday on forwarding posts and civilian areas along the international border in Jammu and Rajouri districts and along the Line of Control in Rajouri from May 13-17.
"There was no firing or shelling reported anywhere from LoC areas in Rajouri district. Today peace prevailed along the border with Pakistan after several days of firing and shelling," Deputy Commissioner of Rajouri Shahid Iqbal Choudhary told PTI.
However, the number of the people evacuated from LoC areas in Rajouri district has gone up to over 2,200, he said.
Yesterday, Pakistan Army resorted to firing on forward posts along LoC in Balakote sector from 12.50 AM and continued till 1.30 AM, a defence spokesman said adding the Indian Army posts retaliated strongly and effectively.
On May 14, Pakistan resorted to indiscriminate firing of small arms, 82 mm and 120 mm mortars from 6 AM and continued till late in the night along the LoC in Nowshera and Manjakote sectors of Rajouri.