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Jammu: Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement by opening unprovoked firing at Indian positions along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, on a day people in the state were busy celebrating Eid.

File Photo. Indian border.
File Photo. Indian border.

Defence ministry spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said, “The Pakistan Army opened to unprovoked firing on our positions on the Line of Control (LoC) today (Saturday) afternoon in Poonch district.

“They are using small arms and automatic weapons. Our troops have retaliated using same caliber weapons. Firing exchanges are still going on in the area.”

Pakistan army had fired at Indian positions on the LoC on Friday also.

Colonel Mehta said, “Pakistan had resorted to unprovoked firing across the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district yesterday (Friday) also. The firing started started at 9.25 p.m. yesterday (Friday).

“Pakistani troops opened small arms fire on Indian troops deployed in forward posts in Nowshera sector. The intermittent fire lasted till 11.55 p.m. Troops on our side of LoC retaliated appropriately.”

“No casualty or damage reported till last reports came in,” Mehta added.

Saturday’s violation of the 2003 bilateral ceasefire agreement by Pakistan came on a day when millions of Muslims were celebrating the Eid-ul-Fitr.

(IANS)

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Pakistan Occupied Kashmir Areas Feature in New Political Map Released by Government

In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: "Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory

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The Ladakh UT consists of two districts -- Kargil and Leh -- while the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory comprises 20 districts. Pixabay

In the wake of the creation of separate Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the government on Saturday released a new political map of the Indian Union, with 28 States and nine Union Territories (UTs). Pakistan.

The new map denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and surprisingly includes three districts — Muzaffarabad, Punch and Mirpur — which are under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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New Political Map of India. PIB

The Ladakh UT consists of two districts — Kargil and Leh — while the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory comprises 20 districts.

In a gazette notification, the government also enumerated the territories in Leh district as: “Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilas, Tribal territory and Leh and Ladakh, except the present territory of Kargil.”

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The new map denotes the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and surprisingly includes three districts — Muzaffarabad, Punch and Mirpur — which are under Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Pixabay

The order was called the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Removal of Difficulties) Second Order, 2019.

The map of J&K UT comprises 20 districts, including Muzzarfarabad, Mirpur and the area of Poonch which are under PoK.

In 1947, the former Jammu and Kashmir state had 14 districts — Kathua, Jammu, Udhampur, Reasi, Anantnag, Baramulla, Poonch, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Leh and Ladakh, Gilgit, Gilgit Wazarat, Chilhas and Tribal Territory.

On the recommendation of the Parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind effectively abrogated Article 370 from the Indian Constitution and issued the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, in August.

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On October 31, J&K ceased to exist as a state and was officially bifurcated into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. (IANS)