The exchange of fire started after some blasts took place on the Indian side of the border. The Border Security Force of India alleged that rockets were fired by Pakistani forces at about 11:30pm.
A spokesman for Pakistan Rangers, Nadeem Raza, told Dawn that at least four blasts took place around 11:35pm near the border on the Indian side (Attari).
Within minutes gunfire broke out.
He said the BSF first fired with light weapons, followed by mortar shells. Rangers returned the fire. The exchange continued till 2am and finally the Rangers’ Wing Commander held an emergency flag meeting with the BSF around 2:30am, according to the spokesman.
Rangers denied allegations by the BSF that rockets were fired from Pakistan.
He said both sides had agreed to investigate the skirmish and to cease fire. The spokesman termed the happenings a pre-planned Indian propaganda against Pakistan, saying Indian media surprisingly released footage of the blasts after 10 minutes.
“How they can cover the incident from Zero Line and making footage, especially when dense fog prevailed,” Mr Nadeem wondered.
Both forces had earlier traded the similar allegations a few months ago after blasts and an exchange of fire at the Wagah sector in the night.