As Pakistan violates ceasefire, India vows 'effective retaliation'

In the face of sustained firing from across the International Border and Line of Control, the government and the BSF took a hard line on Monday - promising to "retaliate effectively" and, in a departure from past practice, said they would neither speak to Pakistan nor seek a flag meeting to lower tensions.

Mortar and small arms fire that began overnight on Sunday, continued through Monday - the targets moving from the Arnia sector to R S Pura and Kanachak along the IB, and subsequently to the entire Bhimber Gali area, and the Krishna Ghati and Kerni sectors along the LoC in Poonch district, sources said.

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