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India and Pakistan exchanged fire in Chakan Da Bagh area of Poonch Sector

Aug 7, 2013 16:00 IST

India and Pakistan exchanged fire in the Chakan Da Bagh area of Poonch Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on 6 August 2013.

Five Indian Soldiers were killed leaving one injured on the Line of Control (LoC) in the Chakan Da Bagh area of Poonch Sector in Jammu and Kashmir on 6 August 2013. The Indian army was attacked and ambushed by a group of 20 men dressed in uniforms of Pakistani Army, while they were patrolling along the border. The ambush took place 450 meters inside the Indian side of the LoC.

Earlier, Pakistan expressed its desire to resume the peace talks with India after the new Prime Minister of Pakistan; Nawaz Sharif took charge of his office.

Chakan-Da-Bagh

Chakan-Da-Bagh is the point of distinction on the global map for trade across LOC and crossing point in Poonch area. Poonch is one of the remote and border district of Jammu and Kashmir state situated at Line of Control.

History of Poonch Sector

Until November 1947, Poonch was sieged by the Pakistani side. But it became the part of India after Indian army conducted an offensive operation named as Operation Easy that ended on 20 November 1948. After the end of operations easy, the eastern Part of Poonch district became part of India, whereas the western part went to Pakistan.

About Line of Control

The area of military control line between India and Pakistan controlled parts of the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is termed as the Line of Control, it is also known as the Asia’s Berlin Wall. Till date, the line doesn’t mention a legally recognized international boundary but it acts as a de facto border between the two sides.

Earlier, the Line of Control was termed as the Cease-fire Line, but was termed as the Line of Control after the Shimla Agreement (signed on 3 July 1972). The Indian side of the princely state is called the State of Jammu and Kashmir and the two parts under the control of Pakistan is known as Gilgit–Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Its northernmost point is known as the NJ9842.

Apart from this, the cease-fire line that separates Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir from the Chinese-controlled area known as Aksai Chin is called as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Aksai Chin belt is known as one of the most dangerous places of the world. The Aksai Chin region is administered as part of the Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region by China. But, India claims it as a part of the Ladakh district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

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