There has been heavy firing in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector

Cross border firing underway in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector of the LoC. (File Photo: IANS)

Heavy firing took place on Monday between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Akhnoor sector, a defence official said.

“At about 3 a.m. today, the Pakistan Army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling and firing in the Akhnoor sector,” Defence Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Devender Anand said.

“Our positions effectively retaliated. The firing exchanges stopped at 6.30 a.m.,” he added.

After trading heavy fire on the LoC in Poonch, Rajouri and Jammu districts for seven days, clashes between the two armies had stopped on Sunday.

FILE- In this Oct. 1, 2016 file photo, Pakistan army soldiers gather at a forward area post on the Line of Control (LOC), that divides Kashmir between Pakistan and India, in Tatta Pani, some 123 miles, 199 km, from Islamabad, Pakistan. On Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, Pakistan’s army claimed that Indian troops opened fire across the LOC in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least 7 soldiers. India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over control of Kashmir, which is divided between the two countries and claimed in its entirety by both. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

All educational institutions within a 5 km distance from the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri remained closed on Monday.

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat visited forward positions on the LoC and the International Border on Sunday to review the preparedness of the deployed troops.