Further provocation by Pakistan along LoC will be met with dire consequences: Indian Army

File photo of Indian Army personnel in Kashmir. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 06, 2019, 05.24 PM (IST)

The Indian Army said Wednesday that post its warning to the Pakistani Army “NOT to target civilian areas”, the Line of Control has been "relatively calm". 

"In the last 24 hours, the Pakistan Army resorted to intense & unprovoked firing with heavy caliber weapons in selected areas of Krishna Ghati and Sunderbani, targeting Indian posts & civilian areas with Mortar bombs & heavy Arty (artillery) Guns," the Indian Army said in a statement. 

"The same was effectively retaliated by the Indian Army. There have been no casualties on the Indian side," the army added. 

"We would reiterate that as a professional Army we are committed to avoid civil casualties, especially along the Line of Control. All actions taken by our defence forces are targeted towards counter terrorism and terrorist infrastructure, away from civilian areas, to avoid civilian casualties," the army said. 

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"We are maintaining strict vigil along the Line of Control and IB. Any further provocation or misadventure by Pakistan will be responded in a befitting manner with dire consequences," it added. 

Tensions between India and Pakistan have been high ever since India's February 26 air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp in Balakot in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunwa province. 

Pakistan hit back a day later by dropping bombs in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. The Indian Army said the bombs were aimed at military installations but that they missed their targets. 

On Monday, an Indian Sukhoi 30MKI shot down a Pakistani drone in Rajasthan. 

And on Tuesday, Pakistan said it had stopped an Indian submarine from entering its waters. India said the claim was propaganda aimed at diverting attention from Pakistan's support for terror.